Often pets become an issue when you separate.
We all love our pets and we consider them part of our family. This can be a difficult issue when you separate from your spouse.
- Who will keep the dog?
- Who will be responsible for daily walks, feeding, vet bills, making health decisions, etc.?
- Will I be able to see my dog if my spouse has the family dog?
These are all important questions and can become a source of additional stress when you separate. A Marital Settlement Agreement can include financial terms and other agreements related to the care of a pet after separation and divorce and whether or not the person who is not caring for the family pet on a daily basis still has visitation rights. You may want to consider who will be responsible for making health care decisions for your dog and whether the vet bills and dog-walking or boarding costs will be shared.