Our furry friends are often seen as family members, but they don’t
have the same protection during a
divorce. If your marriage is ending, you will need to come up with custody arrangements
for your children, or a judge will make the decision in the best interest
of the child. Unfortunately for your pet, the court will see them as personal
property, rather than a dependent family member. There are some things
you can do to help you gain custody of your pet after your divorce, though.
Understanding Pet Custody
Pet custody is a complicated issue, especially as we begin to treat our
pets as a full member of the family. While pets are considered property
in the legal sense, many judges are pet owners themselves and can be sympathetic
to your plight. Depending on the nature of your pet, the court may handle
pet custody similar to child custody. For show animals or breeding animals,
however, it is less likely that they will not be treated as part of your assets.
How Can I Get Custody of My Pet?
Sadly, it isn’t uncommon that one spouse may attempt to use custody
of the family pet as leverage. Judges are aware of this, and it rarely
will work in the manipulative spouse’s favor. If you are concerned
that you may not get custody of your pet, there are some things you can
do to help your case. Presenting evidence that you are the animal’s
primary caretaker can greatly help your case.
Evidence for Pet Custody:
- Receipts for pet supplies or services with your name or payment information.
- Applications for adoption or pet licenses with your signature.
- Signed affidavits from your veterinarian, dog trainer, pet-sitter, or others
stating that you are responsible for your pet’s medical care, training,
and general care.
- Registration papers with your name listed as the owner.
- Evidence that your schedule is more suited to pet ownership.
- Evidence that your pet shares a strong bond with you or your children,
if you are the custodial parent.
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