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A private investigator or private detective is a person who secretly follows and observes persons in public places for the purpose of witnessing behavior and collecting evidence of any illegal or improper activities (photos, videos, etc.). During the divorce process a spouse who suspects their spouse of cheating (adultery) or other improper or illegal behavior may hire a private investigator to follow or “tail” the other spouse.

In Texas, private investigators are regulated under the Private Security Act (Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702) and are required to be licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. To legally operate as a private investigator, one must meet certain requirements, including passing a background check and completing relevant training or possessing certain experience. When hired during a divorce process, a private investigator may conduct surveillance and gather evidence on a spouse suspected of adultery or other improper behavior. However, they must conduct their activities within the bounds of the law, respecting privacy and avoiding trespassing or harassment. Evidence collected by a private investigator can be used in court, but it must be obtained legally to be admissible. It's important for anyone considering hiring a private investigator to consult with an attorney to ensure that the investigation is conducted properly and the evidence is used effectively in their case.

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