Pets & Divorce: Paws to Consider Your Options

When couples get divorced, the court divides all their assets, including their cash, vacation property, jewelry, and cars. Their expensive artwork and even their country club memberships are all equitably divided by law and process.

There’s one other valuable belonging to be divided that most don’t consider property: your cherished and beloved pets. A few options to consider:

  • If one partner brings a pet into the marriage, they would generally maintain “primary possession.”
  • If a pet comes into the relationship after marriage, or if a strong bond has developed, that may  change.
  • Shared custody – Ex-spouses create a schedule where the pet alternates weeks or weekends.
  • Pet Expenses – The agreement might also specify how expenses are shared if the pet requires expensive food or medicines (or even routine veterinarian visits).

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