According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, pet custody is
an increasingly common battle front in divorce. It only makes sense, considering
the roughly 50 percent divorce rate in the U.S., and the report that about
62 percent of U.S. families have a pet. And very often, those pets become
part of the family. If you are thinking about getting a prenup, this could
be a good place to address such matters as pet custody. If you are married, a
postnuptial agreement could do the job. If you are divorcing, then there are several factors
that can go into who gets to keep a beloved pet. This includes:
Who owns the pet? If either of you brought the pet into the marriage, then the answer is
Who feeds and walks the pet, takes them to the veterinarian, etc.? You can use signed receipts, signed statements from your vet, etc. to back
this claim up.
Who has physical custody of the children? The pet often stays with the children. So if both parents have physical
custody, then there can be joint pet custody too.
Who has the better lifestyle for caring for a pet? If you can demonstrate that your soon-to-be ex travels a lot from work,
and frequently gets home very late, etc., you may be able to show that
your lifestyle is more appropriate for taking care of your pet.
As in any hotly contested part of a
divorce, it is possible for one spouse to use unfair strategies against the other,
such as using the pet has a hostage to get what they want from the divorce.
Or perhaps your divorce is particularly complex, and pet custody is only
one part of that. No matter the difficulties you face in a divorce, you
deserve to have an experienced legal advocate on your side. At the Meyers
Law Group, P.C., you can find the Long Island divorce lawyer who has the
skill and commitment that could mean all the difference for your future.
Learn how we are qualified to help you when you
give us a call today!