Divorce Lawyers Say Pet Custody Cases Are Increasing

Gone are the days of pets being treated as mere objects because these days, many people view their furry companions as members of the family. Proof can be found in the rise of pet-related custody cases which are increasing according to divorce lawyers.

According to Santa Monica attorney David Pisarra, pet custody cases have increased nearly 15% at his office over the past 5 years.

While pets are considered property in every state of the US, they are no longer being divvied up like household items or furniture. Unfortunately because there are no laws that recognize visitation rights with animals, ex-couples are forced to work out schedules on their own.

This is just another piece of proof that pets really can be members of the family and not “just a dog” or “just a cat” as non-pet owners may think.

Read the full article from Fox News.

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Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

2 Responses to Divorce Lawyers Say Pet Custody Cases Are Increasing

  1. Heather says:

    I know several couples who have worked out custody arrangements for their pets when they broke up. I know that I would never give my husband full custody of my two pups if we were to ever split.

  2. divorce children custody says:

    Okay so, I asked the question a few months ago that If you had a dog or two or whatever then you got married would you automatically get to keep your dog or would it have to be spoken over in court. Well since I got that answer now I got this question

    What happens if you get a dog as a couple? Do you take that to court? How does the court decide?

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