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Divorce and family pets

| May 25, 2018 | Divorce |

The end of a marriage can be tough and emotional for a plethora of reasons, especially when couples have kids and/or a significant amount of property. We have covered many of the different reasons why the end of a marriage can be tricky, but there are far more issues that some couples have to work through. For example, some people have concerns about being unable to see a family pet after they split up with their spouse, such as a beloved dog or another animal companion.

First of all, people going through this should recognize that laws vary from state to state. There are many factors that a court will examine when deciding how to distribute marital property or who will be able to keep a family pet. For example, the court may look at who walked and provided care for the pet most often or whether or not someone bought the pet prior to their marriage. You might be able to work out an agreement with your spouse that could allow you to spend time with the animal, but this is not an option for everyone.

Divorce can be emotionally challenging for many reasons and being unable to spend time with a beloved pet is another reason why people can become upset as they work through the divorce process. However, going over these issues and being aware of the different factors that courts use to make decisions can be tremendously helpful. Visit the divorce part of our website to read more related to property division.