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Family pets can be caught in middle of divorce

When you file for divorce in Ballantyne, North Carolina, there are a lot of things to think about. Who will remain in the marital home, how will you split up personal property and who will get custody of the kids? These are just a few of the many questions that need to be addressed in the divorce process. One thing that many people may tend to overlook is the family pet. Because pets are often regarded as family members by their owners, trying to decide who will get them can be a tough decision.

Although owners may think of their pets as family members, most courts do not. Instead, they are typically considered personal property and who gets them is determined by the same guidelines as those set forth for personal property. This is not satisfactory for many people. According to a survey performed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, there has been quite an increase in pet custody cases in recent years.

This increase in cases has led many judges to begin looking at a variety of different factors to help them determine who will best care for the pet. These factors include which person can provide financially for the pet, who has the majority of parenting time with children and who can give the pet the most love and attention long-term.

If you are considering divorce and are worried about where your pet will end up, you would be well advised to speak with an experienced family practice attorney about your case.

Source: Huffington Post, “Who Gets the Family Dog After Divorce?" Nancy Kay, Nov. 10, 2013

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