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Who Gets the Family Pet in Divorce?

Kentucky law views pets as another piece of property, or chattel. While the family courts are courts of equity, they divide animals, pets, cats and dogs like any other piece of property. The court does not consider custody, visitation or separate schedule when dividing animals. Many couples elect to negotiate the division of animals, whether through mediation or collaborative law.  Choosing one of these options allows the parties to come to an agreement, whether with each taking certain pets, or with time share division of the animals.  Parties should also consider expenses, vet and grooming costs as well as other considerations which would normally be reserved for child custody cases.  While potentially costly, animals are often viewed by the parties as members of the family. (You cannot tell my family that Cabo isn't a member of our family) It is hard form most people to imagine that a "member of the family" is worth the same as the recliner.    If your pet is important, make sure to discuss with your attorney.  If you are starting a divorce, consult with an experienced family law attorney. In Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, call Michael Bouldin at the Bouldin Law Firm for a consultation at [email protected] or call at 859-581-6453.  

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