Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Upcoming Webcast on Pet Custody Disputes

On July 23 at noon, the DC Bar is hosting a webcast on pet custody disputes:

In most households, pets are part of the family. But if a family splits in two, what happens to the dogs, cats, and other beloved animals who lived with the couple? Our panelists will answer that question in this evolving area of law. We’ll discuss pet visitation privileges, the interplay between child and pet custody, drafting a settlement agreement to protect the welfare of family pets, and even creating a “pet-nuptial agreement.” We’ll also examine the consequences that occur based on the status a state bestows on pets. How does the outcome change when the best interests of the pets are taken into account instead of applying the traditional inquiry treating them only as property? Given the number of legal and practical challenges, this will be a lively discussion of these fraught, high-stakes proceedings.
Pre-registration for this program is required. As always, please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues. D.C. Bar membership is not required to attend.
Register here.
Hat Tip: Catherine Ross

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