Category Archives: Pets

Pet Custody Cases on the Rise

A poll of 1,500 members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) indicated that 25 per cent saw an increase in pet custody issues in the past year. While pet custody cases are not an everyday occurrence, far too … Continue reading

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No Custody for Fido

Courts generally consider family pets as property, not children who merit custody or visitation orders. Identifying the best interests of a pet in a property division case ensures that it is properly cared for after a divorce is finalized. Divorcing … Continue reading

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Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence

Animal abuse and domestic violence often happen together. Victims of domestic violence form deep attachments to their pets that give them   comfort and affection. Abusive partners exploit this bond to emotionally abuse their victims, and may threaten or commit … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Pet Become Another Casualty of Divorce

Abandoned pets is one of the many sad outcomes of divorce. Marital problems, conflict and ultimately divorce is behind a significant number of pet turn-ins for animal shelters every year. Often one spouse doesn’t want to take the dog or … Continue reading

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Best Interests Standard Does Not Apply to Pets

Unlike cases of child custody and visitation, courts do not apply the “best interest” standard in the cases of domestic animals. In one Texas case, the court named the wife managing conservator of the parties’ dog, Bonnie Lou, and gave … Continue reading

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Dogs and Cats are Property, Not Children

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association claims Americans own some 43.5 million dogs and 90.5 million cats. Everyone knows  that these animal companions become very special in the hearts of their owners, so that when a marriage ends in divorce, … Continue reading

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