Pet custody and divorce

When a couple decides to get a divorce, sometimes child custody isn’t the only custody battle that may need to be considered.

Matrimonial lawyers are seeing a rise in pet custody disputes in the U.S. Pets are usually considered property in most cases, therefore they will be awarded solely to one spouse or the other. If taken to court, individuals may argue that the pet was a gift, inherited, or that they entered the relationship with ownership. If the pet was jointly bought the pet would be considered community property and be awarded solely to one individual by the court.

However, more and more couples are agreeing on co-ownership. Experts say that this kind of arrangement functions much like a joint custody with a child. Visitation is arranged and both parties provide financial assistance.

If you are currently undergoing the process of divorce or are facing another family legal issue like child custody, pet custody, or property division and you reside in Denton or another area in Texas, it would be wise for you to employ the legal services of our attorneys at Alexander & Associates. Call our offices today at 972-420-6560 to set up an initial appointment with us.