Family Law Prof Blog

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

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Pets Custody In Divorce Cases

From KJZZ:

Increasing divorce rate during pandemic catches attention on issues post dissolution of marriage, such as child custody, property distribution, and parenting time, etc. Pet custody cases similarly cause concern to attorneys.Since many people added animals to their families over the past 19 months, attorneys are preparing for a rise in pet custody cases.

How law sees pets custody is a crucial point and jurisdictions vary on this issue. Like most states, Arizona law views pets as personal property. Only Alaska, California and Illinois have laws that deal with pet custody.

In some cases, a judge might award custody to the person who bought and registered the pet. Additionally, in some cases, primary caregiver gets primary custody. Other times, judge considers what is the best arrangements for pets. Share custody is likely feasible for parties who are willing to pursue.

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