We all love our pets. They are family! Unfortunately, if you get a divorce, California law views them as property to be divided. How do we protect our furry children? The best San Diego lawyer explains.
- Have your paperwork handy. If they are AKC registered, double check the papers to see who is named as the owner(s). Check vet records and have copies of all their current vaccinations, Microchip ID numbers, and other important information. Gather any other information that may be useful to prove you are the legal owner.
- Have a parenting plan. It isn’t unheard of to have shared custody arrangements for your pet! Court for family law usually honor a reasonable and enforceable agreement, regardless if it’s the “correct” legal resolution.
- Don’t forget the details. If you agree on a shared custody arrangement, remember you have to discuss financial costs. This not only includes the necessities such as food, but a discussion on care during the older years need to be clear as well.
- Be compassionate. Remember, as much as you love your pet, your spouse likely loves them as much as you. Also, put yourself in your pet’s paws! They will miss your spouse, too. Consider their best interests and don’t be selfish. Making sacrifices for the best interest in our pets is key if you really feel as though they are part of the family.
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