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You’re Getting a Divorce: Is Pet Custody Real?

The Harding Law Firm - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Depending on the situation, divorce can be a messy thing. When young kids are involved it can be a bit more complicated when you’re talking about custody and shared time. But what about when a family pet is involved? Is there such thing as pet custody?

It might sound like a crazy idea, but for pet owners it can be a really tough decision. You got your furry friend as a couple and have grown to love it. Why should only one person get to live with the companionship?

Caroline Choi, attorney and legal writer for the Huffington Post, has this to say on the matter of pet custody:

“Legally, pets are not afforded the same rights as a child since pets are considered "property." Since pets are considered "property" there is no "custody" issue to be resolved.”

Since a pet is technically property, it will basically get divided up among the other processions. That means as pet owners you’ve got to make the decision on what you should do. A few things to consider are:

  • What’s best for the pet in question
  • How will it affect the other person
  • How can you make it work

Choi goes on in her article to say you need to get creative when it comes to pet custody. Remember, since there is no real legal custody to discuss, it will have to be between you and you ex-spouse. Obviously you both love the pet enough to even consider it, so think about implementing a parenting plan. Switch up weekends, but decided who the pet will reside with on a more permanent basis.

While pet custody isn’t something that you can take up in a custody battle like a child, it is something that you’ll have to consider when you’re thinking about splitting up.

If you’re going through a divorce and wish to seek advice from an attorney, contact Harding Law and ask for a free consultation.

Animal Attacks: Are You entitled to recover for injuries sustained in an attack by a pet?

The Harding Law Firm - Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Many people sustain serious injuries when they are attacked and/or bitten by an animal? Do they have a right to be compensated for their injuries from the owners of the animal?

As it turns out, yes you are, if the animal has a history of or known propensity to cause such an injury. You would have the right to recover for any injuries or damages that occurred during the attack. What could that include?

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Any wardrobe that was damaged during the attack
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Permanent scarring

Many dog owners refuse to admit they had knowledge of the animal’s dangerous propensity. A prompt investigation is essential. An experienced attorney can help discover the necessary information.

If you are currently experiencing a situation like this, make sure to contact Harding Law and ask for a free consultation today.