Unfortunately, one of the most common client questions our divorce attorneys run into is “who gets to keep the pets after my divorce?”
Sadly, animals are not considered “people”, like children, in the eyes of the court. Rather, they are considered assets, no different from silverware, jewelry, cars or your home. As many people think of their pets as their children, the division or custody of pets can cause contention during a divorce.
Recently, a Huffington Post article reported that 71.1 million American households own pets. As a result, an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers survey showed that nearly a quarter of lawyers were seeing issues in cases involving pet custody over the past year.
In some cases, when agreements cannot be made between divorcing parties, judges have to step in and decide how to split up pets or rule on custody. This is why it is important to work with our experienced family lawyers if you have pets that you would like to keep following your divorce.
How Can I Can I Keep My Pet Following a Divorce?
Remember, our attorneys can help you in matters of child custody and visitation, division of marital assets, alimony and child support and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. This includes cases involving pets.
Our attorneys have worked on creating contracts for pet custody and visitation following divorces. It can be heartbreaking to lose your pet because of the dissolution of a marriage. Do not let this happen to you because you received poor legal guidance.
Let our firm arrange your initial consultation. Call our family lawyers today at (800) 711-5258.
Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. – Divorce Attorneys