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Divorce and Pets

Of all of the potentially contentious issues a couple must decide on in a divorce, one of the biggest arguments may not be about a vacation home or objects of great financial worth. Many of the most heated arguments deal with who will get custody of the family pet, and while many families love and care for their dog or cat like a family member, in divorce cases, pets are usually considered to be property.

Unfortunately, most couples will either have to decide for themselves who will get custody of a pet, or leave it up to the court if they cannot decide. If you are considering divorce and have questions about the legal process or property division, contact the Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, at 919-833-1040 today.

Who Gets Custody?

When deciding who should get custody of a pet, it is important to stop and think objectively about who can provide the pet with the best care. In some cases, you may be able to set up a visitation schedule with your ex-spouse so that the non-custodial party will have a chance to still spend time with the pet. Some questions to keep in mind when determining custody include:

  • Who originally purchased the pet?
  • Who took most care of the pet?
  • Who has custody of the kids? Oftentimes, keeping the pet with the kids will create a more stable environment for them during this time of change.

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If you are considering divorce and have questions regarding your legal rights and options, contact the Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, at 919-833-1040.