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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Prenuptial Agreements For Pets An Increasingly Important Step

AnimalsFew loves eclipse the mutual affection that is held between a pet and it's owner. No one would want to sever that connection but, when a marriage is going by the wayside, that love could be used as a weapon by one spouse against the other. Since the court system has no set standard for handling matters related to animals, it is important to have a prenuptial agreement that will protect a party that is entering a marriage with a pet of their own. By taking a proactive approach, a spouse will be free from the threat of losing a longtime four-legged companion when bitterness replaces the regard that once existed between lovers. In addition, the prenuptial agreement can dictate what will happen to any future pets that might be brought into the family including the offspring of a long time animal that was brought into the marriage. While nobody wants to contemplate the end of a marriage, taking advance steps can offer unmatched protection for the soon to married and their furry friends alike.

See Lacey Kessler, Prenups For Pets: Should furry family members no longer be classified as property?, Trust Advisor, January 27, 2016.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse for bringing this article to my attention.


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