Although you may consider your pet to be part of your family, the law does not. When you visit a law firm to consult a divorce lawyer, you’ll learn that the court will consider your pet to be property. However, you will likely retain custody of your pet after your divorce if you owned the pet prior to your marriage. Your family attorney in Paterson will advise you to provide proof of ownership, if possible. Your lawyer may also advise you to ask your spouse if he or she wants custody of the pet. Sometimes, a spouse may simply give up his or her claim on the pet.

For more information on pet custody, watch this video or consult your attorney. This video explains what might happen if your pet generates income. You’ll also learn why parents who have custody of minor children may be more likely to retain ownership of the pet.