What happens to the family pet in a divorce?

These days Americans are fanatical about their pets. There are dog “resorts” that offer a more comfortable and attentive alternative to boarding and pet food stores, like Cape Coral’s The Beach Dog, specializing in natural and holistic pet food. http://thebeachdogfl.com/ Bottom line, our pets are like family members.

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Unfortunately for couples going through a divorce, the Court system doesn’t consider pets to be children. With how important our furry friends are, you will want to address who will ultimately the pets at the end of the divorce.  Instead the Court classifies them as personal property to be equitably distributed.  This means that the Court won’t be entering a timesharing or support order for pets. Divorcing spouses could always reach an agreement outside of the Court that allows for shared ownership.

Many of our pets have identifying microchips in them in case they get lost. These microchips are linked to the owner(s) of the pet. Some veterinarian offices will require all owners listed on the chip to consent to surgery or other treatment on the pet. You will want to update the owner information in connection to the microchip to correlate with whichever spouse will keep the pet.

For more information on divorce and family law issues, email Keith@AttorneyGrossman.com, or call toll free: 877-687-1392, or locally: 239-210-7516.

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