Who Gets the Family Dog?

who gets the family pet


One of my main areas of practice is family law. Over the last 32 years, I have handled many types of divorces and family matters from amicable to contentious and with all sorts of custody issues over children, property, and, yes, even pets.

The fact is the family pet is just that – part of the family – and resolving who will continue to feed and care for Fido can be as intense and stressful as who keeps the house or the dining room set. Plus it is important to recognize that your pet may also be feeling the emotional distress from the split-up.


Answering your legal questions about divorce

What are my rights? How do I petition for divorce? How does child custody and/or support work?

Everyone hopes to never have to endure a divorce, one of life’s most traumatic experiences. But some marriages deteriorate beyond repair. If you’re facing a divorce, you need to know what lies ahead in the legal process. This pamphlet will answer many of your questions.