Nearly half of all marriages in the United States today end in divorce, and many of these marriages fail because one spouse didn’t know about something in the others’ past that could have been discovered before getting married. A premarital background check is an excellent way to find out if your loved one has been honest and forthcoming with you about their past, or if there is something troubling that they are trying to hide.
Trustify can quickly match clients with an experienced investigator that specializes in these types of background checks, providing them with critical knowledge that can help them feel secure in making one of the most important decisions of their life.
What is a Premarital Background Check?
A premarital background check (also known as a premarital investigation, pre-nuptial investigation, or pre-nuptial background check) typically involves locating and reviewing personal, professional, and financial information on the subject of the investigation. The depth and breadth of the premarital background check will vary depending on the particular concerns of the client, state and local information disclosure laws, and what is discovered about the subject of the investigation.
Who Initiates a Premarital Background Check?
A premarital background check is most commonly sought by a prospective spouse. Others, such as a relative or a close friend, may also be interested in initiating a premarital investigation. In some cases, the check may be initiated by someone who has a financial interest that may be affected by the upcoming marriage, such as a business partner.
Starting a Premarital Background Check
Starting a premarital background check with Trustify is easy, fast, and convenient. In just 4 steps, you can complete your premarital background check and have the results to make an informed decision.
1. Request a Consultation: Submit your case online or by phone to schedule your consultation. We'll ask for the details we need to get your case matched with an investigator and provide a cost estimate for your case.
2. Consult With a Private Investigator: A licensed private investigator will contact you to talk to you about the purpose and goals of the investigation, and to collect any relevant information about your case. You should be prepared to provide as much information on the person of interest as possible. You may be asked questions like:
- What is your relationship to the subject of the background check?
- How long have you known the subject? Are you currently living together?
- Do you have any reason to believe that there may be something in the subject’s life that he or she is hiding from you?
- Do you think the subject may own assets or is hiding debts that he or she does not want you to know about?
- Do you believe that the subject may currently be married or has been married in the past?
3. Investigation in Progress: Once you have approved the investigation to start, the investigator will begin running a premarital check. In most cases, the premarital background check will include:
- Identity Verification: Including aliases and AKAs.
- Criminal Records: Determining if the subject has ever been charged with or convicted of a crime, or has a history of involvement in illegal activity. May include wants/warrants search, Sex Offender Database search, inmate/incarceration records search, and more.
- Marriage/Divorce Records: Determining the marital history of the subject. Records may also reveal any history of domestic criminal charges and/or related civil settlements.
- Court Records: Determining whether or not the subject has been a party to any civil suits, and if so, the nature and results of those lawsuits. Searches include criminal and civil court records on federal, state and local levels.
- Property, Asset and Liability Records: To provide an accurate profile of the subject’s financial condition, as well as to locate any liens, judgments or money garnishments that may impact the marriage.
- Business-Related Records: May include DBA records, corporate history connections, and more.
- Additional Records: Driving records, professional complaints, a Social Security number trace, reference checks, etc.
4. Case Updates and Final Report: Your investigator will keep you informed of important findings throughout the investigation, and provide you with a final report summarizing the information collected once the background check is concluded. Once started, a typical premarital background check can be completed within 24 hours.
What Investigators Will Not Do
Trustify and the private investigators in its network are bound to follow the law and the ethical standards of their profession. Therefore, private investigators will not access documentation (such as phone or bank account records) protected by federal or state law. However, investigators will pursue all public and otherwise legally obtainable records available that are relevant to the subject.