Getting Custody of Your Pets in Your Divorce
What Does Texas Law Say About Who Gets Custody of the Fur Babies?
Divorce and pet custody: are you a pet parent facing divorce? A 2011 survey by Milo’s Kitchen revealed more than 80% of American dog owners view their pets as core members of the family, with more than half claiming they are pet parents. In fact, referring to a pet as a child is so common, the Oxford Dictionaries added the phrase “fur baby” in 2015. Even celebrities openly refer to their pets as their children. Unfortunately, child custody statutes do not apply to your pets and Texas law does not delineate who gets custody of pets with clear guidelines. Instead, Texas law treats pets as property when you end a marriage or cohabitation. A
- Who purchased or acquired the pet, when and why?
- Who takes care of the pet and meets the pet’s daily needs?
- Was the pet neglected while under the care of either party?
- What are the work and travel schedules of each person?
- Does one party have custody of a child who is close to the pet?
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If you are ending a marriage or cohabitation, you do not want to fight for legal custody of your beloved pets. With the help of our Houston divorce lawyers, you can make sure the best interests of your furry family members are protected. Call our office today!