For many families, pets are not simply a piece of
property to be divided along with the flat-screen TV and the refrigerator. Many couples consider
a dog a part of the family and treat their animal as such. In the past,
most courts have determined that pets are property, and can be divided
just like all other property. In California, which is a community property
state, the court can award the dog as a monetary value and will divide
the pet custody in a way that is financially fair.
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently surveyed
divorce attorneys throughout the United States and discovered a significant increase
in the number of pet custody cases which are making their way through
the legal system. Because of the rise in popularity of pet custody cases,
some judges are starting to change the way that they handle these situations.
Instead of viewing pets solely as property, some judges as starting to
consider visitation awards or shared custody plans for individuals who
are very close to their pets.
In the recent past, some individuals have even advocated for pet support
payments so that they could best care for their animals. According to
The Huffington Post, some courts will now look at whether or not divorcees
have flexible work schedules or have access to a person who can care for
the pet while you are at work. Also, courts will look at whether either
spouse has been labeled as abusive, or has failed to care for the pet's needs.
Courts may also consider which spouse has the children, and whether those
children are attached to that pet. If they are, the courts may deem it
in the children's best interest to allow the dog to remain with them.
If you want more information about dog disputes or would like to fight
for pet custody, then
contact an attorney at the firm right away. With the right
Los Angeles family lawyer on your side you will be able to work towards the custody of your beloved pet.