Unfortunately not all things are meant to be and nothing lasts forever, that includes relationships. While this is a bit of an odd topic, it’s one that I feel strongly about and I think it’s important to cover. I promise I won’t always be such a downer with my topics in the future!
Before you purchase a pet with your significant other you should discuss who would keep the animal in the event of a break up. Even though it may seem drastic, I would even recommend that you get a contract created that establishes who will have control of the pet should you two choose to split. This way you’re legally protected if a divorce or separation takes place.
All this said, sometimes your partner won’t let go of things so easily. It’s very hard to say goodbye to a pet and your spouse probably grew closer to the pet as you lived your lives side by side. Pets truly become a part of the family and it’s very hard to let go, they can feel like your own children.
If you’re running into this issue the best thing to do is hire an attorney. Believe it or not the assignment of pets is something that comes up often in divorce proceedings and any experience divorce lawyer would be able to walk you through the process and make sure your pets are protected.
Now I can’t speak for those of you who live in other states, but if you live in New York and you’re you’re looking for a divorce attorney I’d strongly recommend Amanda Reilly who’s based out of Suffolk County. She’s helped me in the past and is a bit of a pet lover herself (that’s always a plus in my book!). Trust me, there’s no better Suffolk county divorce lawyer.
Are you experiencing a separation with a pet in the middle? Leave me a comment or send me a message and I might be able to share some advice!