One of the issues you’ll need to confront in your divorce is who will get the family dog. For legal purposes, the pet is considered property by the court, but there are, of course, some unique issues associated with pets that divorcing couples will need to work through.
Here’s an overview of what you should know.
Determining pet “custody”
While pets are legally considered property, there are some emotional ties that add a unique element to determining who gets the pet.
If one person brought the pet into the marriage, then the pet is considered nonmarital property, and thus will be their property moving forward. But if the pet came into the household after the marriage began, there are a variety of issues the court will consider. Some such factors include:
For more information about dealing with dogs during divorce, contact an experienced Minnesota divorce lawyer at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.
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