Summary in Divorce

Pets are loved but they not children, yet dogs and cats sometimes become a heated consideration in divorce negotiations.

Courts have held that pets -- dogs and cats -- are personal property, and that applicable principles about dividing personal property apply to the custody of a pet. If a court determines that an animal is marital property or property that may be awarded to one party or the other, it may consider "who would better care for the pet and who really had greater attachment to the pet."

This, however, is not the ’best interest of the animal’ standard, and courts have shied away from awarding visitation.

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#860: Pretrial or temporary arrangements for alimony, custody, visitation, and child support can be ordered by the court and remain in tact up until the actual divorce orders are put in place.
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