What happens to pets in a divorce?

In a divorce, pets are often considered property and are subject to the same rules as other assets. This means that they may be divided between the two parties or one party may be awarded ownership in exchange for giving up other assets of equal value.

There are a few different ways that pets may be handled in a divorce:

Joint custody:

In some cases, the parties may agree to share custody of the pet. This may involve establishing a schedule for who will care for the pet at what times.

Sole custody

One party may be awarded sole custody of the pet if it is determined to be in the best interests of the animal.

Selling the pet

If the parties are unable to come to an agreement about custody, the pet may be sold and the proceeds divided between the two parties.

It's important to note that the court's primary concern in any custody case, including cases involving pets, is the best interests of the animal. This means that the court will consider the pet's needs and the ability of each party to provide for those needs when making a decision.

If you are going through a divorce and have a pet, it's a good idea to discuss your options with a lawyer and come up with a plan that works for both you and your furry friend.

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