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What about Pets in a Divorce?

Equitably dividing property is normally a difficult task during a dissolution of marriage; however, emotions are always heightened when a family pet becomes a contested property issue.  While the bond between a pet and their owner is undeniable, a judge will typically allocate family pets in the same manner they would a car or a dining room table.  This callus determination leaves many litigants distraught when the opposing party is granted possession of a pet the parties shared for years. There are many creative solutions to this issue, and having an experienced family law attorney who is familiar with both the law and emotional toll a divorce can take on the litigants is paramount.  The knowledgeable domestic relations attorneys at the Cantor Law Group are experienced with complex property division issues, custody matters and personal concerns that come up during a divorce.

One such solution includes the family pet traveling on the same schedule with a child from home to home.   This allows the child to constantly have access to the animal and provides continuity between homes. Additionally, both parties still have quality time with the pet and get to enjoy activities with both the animal and child.  Neither parent is forced to consider a circumstance where they wouldn’t be able to take the family dog and their child to the park and play.

Unfortunately, some parties will attempt to use a family pet as a bargaining chip to gain leverage regarding other property issues.  An experienced attorney can navigate through difficult negotiations and utilize resources such as Alternative Dispute Resolution to aggressively advocate for the client’s goals.  The effects from a divorce are long reaching and having a zealous advocate to stand up for your rights is vital.  It is imperative that before any property division is finalized or any documents are signed that a party speak with an attorney to ensure their rights are being protected. The Cantor Law Group is pleased to offer courtesy consultations for our potential clients. Call today for a Free Consultation – 602-254-8880 or send us an email through our secure form.

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