Divorce can be a complicated and emotional process. On top of everything else going on with child custody, splitting assets, and more, deciding who gets the family pet/s can create even more tension. In New York, pets are considered property, but as any pet owner knows, they are much more than that. So, who gets the pets in a divorce? Here's what you need to know:
1. What's Best for Your Pet?
When deciding who gets custody of the pet, the best interests of the pet need to be taken into consideration. This includes factors such as who has been the primary caregiver, who has the financial means to care for the pet, and who has the time and resources to provide for the pet's needs.
2. Negotiate a Pet Custody Agreement
Rather than leaving the decision up to the court, you and your spouse can negotiate a pet custody agreement. This can include details such as a visitation schedule, who will pay for veterinary bills, and who will be responsible for day-to-day care.
3. Seek Mediation
If you and your spouse are having trouble coming to an agreement on pet custody, consider seeking mediation. A mediator can help facilitate a discussion and come up with a solution that works for both parties.
4. Work with a Family Law Attorney
Working with a family law attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected and that your pet's best interests are taken into consideration.
At Eiges & Orgel, PLLC, we understand that pets are an important part of your family. Our experienced family law attorneys can help you navigate the complexities of pet custody laws in New York and advocate for your rights.