Who Gets the Pets in a Divorce?

When you are going through a divorce, it is difficult for everyone involved. It can be difficult for the extended family, the kids, and even the pets. Animals can feel the emotion of the room.  The emotional toll of divorce will weigh in on your pets. It is important to not forget about them and their needs as well.

The laws regarding a pet in divorce are dependent on the state the divorce is being processed in. Since there aren’t any pet custody laws, pets are generally treated like property. This means they are an asset, like cars or furniture, and will be awarded as so.

Although, a case can be made that the bond between a pet and a child is important. If your divorce attorney is able to make this argument, the court may rule that the pet is awarded to the parent that as main custody.

When you are going through a divorce, things between your ex and you can get a little heated. It is important to keep others in mind during these rough times.