Georgia Divorce and Family Law Attorney
In many divorces, the spouses have a heated battle over who gets to keep the pets. Dogs, cats, and other pets are considered as property, and are divided in a divorce just like other types of property. If you had a pet before the marriage, the pet is considered your separate property and you can keep it after the divorce.
Ideally, the spouses can work out an agreement about who gets the pets. Maybe one of you travels a lot and is simply unable to care for the pets. Maybe there are multiple pets and you can agree to split them between you. In some cases, the spouses agree to some type of sharing arrangement, which can resemble a child custody situation. If you choose to go that route, the downside is that you will have to remain in contact with your ex for potentially years after the divorce is final.
If you two are not able to come to an agreement about who will keep the pets, you may want to consider mediation. If that doesn’t work, the judge will decide about who gets the pets. In most cases, the judge will listen to evidence about who can best take care of the pets, as well as who has the strongest bond with the pets. If you want the pets, you should put forth a strong case about why it would be best for the pets to be given to you in the divorce. You may show that you are the one who cares for them now as well as the primary person they spend time with.
If you can’t reach an agreement on who keeps the pets, be prepared to make a strong case about why you should get them. A qualified Georgia divorce attorney can help. Call Atlanta Divorce Attorney Shalamar Parham at 678-439-1482. She can help you either reach a solution about the pets, or can help you fight in court for the rights to the pets