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Deciding on a pet's care during a divorce: 3 options

Your pet is like a child to you, and you want to make sure you get to see him or her. Unfortunately, your spouse also wants to have custody of your pet, and he plans to move away. How can you resolve this issue in a way that is fair to both of you and your pet?

It can be hard to do so during a divorce, and it might mean that one or both of you has to give up the pet. Keeping your pet's interests in mind is important, because if it comes down to a decision from the court, your pet will be treated as an asset, not like a child with a custody arrangement.

What are some options for pets during and after a divorce?

1. Living with you or your spouse

The first option is for the pet to live with either you or your soon-to-be ex-spouse. If one of you is okay with allowing the pet to live with the other, then this is a simple solution.

2. Living with a mutual friend

Another good option for some people is to place their pet with a mutual friend. That way, both parties can still see the pet they love, but it is cared for by someone else completely. This may be a good option if you and your spouse can't agree on who should have the pet or if you don't want to share time with your pet.

3. Living in shared custody

If you live near to one another, a good option may be to share custody of your pet. For example, if you work during the week but your ex-spouse stays at home, it might be a good idea to allow your ex-spouse to have the pet during the week and for you to care for it during the weekend. Much like a child custody plan, this allows you both to continue caring for the pet you love.

These are a few options for your pet after a divorce. Whether you decide to share custody or give up your pet, remember to keep its best interests in mind.

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