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    If there is one completely impartial entity who offers unconditional love in your home, it’s the family pet. They are a central part of your daily life. But when divorce hits, the question becomes: Who gets to keep the pet? The answer might not be what you expect, and can feel like one more hurdle to overcome in a Michigan divorce.

    How Pets Figure in a Michigan Divorce

    At a time when you can use as much genuine comfort as you can get, losing your pet to your ex-partner can be devastating. How do you make sure you are the one to walk away with full ownership of Fido or Fluffy? Start by knowing precisely how pets fit into a Michigan divorce:

    • Pets are considered property in a divorce. Your dog or cat might be family to you, but to a divorce court they’re considered property and treated as such. Michigan is an equitable distribution state, so both assets and debts of a marriage are divided in a way that is equitable to both parties – and that includes pets.
    • It doesn’t matter who cared for your pet. You tend to your pet in all ways while your partner has never pulled their weight. This doesn’t automatically mean you will go home with your favorite creature. Sound unfair? Even if you did the bulk of childrearing, your ex is entitled to time with the kids.
    • Children do not deliver an automatic win. Just because your kids love your pet as much as you do, that doesn’t mean the animal will end up in the household of the parent with primary joint custody. It helps, but without pushing your point and getting a judge on your side, don’t assume anything when it comes to ownership or assets during a divorce battle.

    How to Prove You Deserve Pet Custody

    Both you and your ex have one thing in common, presumably – you love your pet. To keep that beautiful creature in your home, it’s necessary to effectively show why your pet is separate, non-marital property and belongs with you and you alone. Here are some of the facts you and your Michigan divorce lawyer can highlight as they apply to your unique case:

    • Establish you were given the pet as a gift during the marriage.
    • Show you obtained the pet before you were married.
    • Demonstrate that you spend the most time with the pet.
    • Show that you provide the bulk of the care for the pet.
    • Demonstrate that you are the party who is financially able to provide for the pet.
    • Explain that the children are emotionally attached to the pet.

    Your Best Chance to Keep Your Pet

    Judges are busy, and your pet is not their priority, especially when there are complex and heated child custody or child support matters to manage. Judges will look favorably on a couple who manages to come to court with a pet custody plan already formed, including financial responsibilities where pets are concerned.

    Don’t lose your pet during such an emotional time. Get support from an experienced Michigan divorce attorney. Schedule a consultation with Femminineo Attorneys in Macomb to discuss your situation.


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    Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

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    We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


    Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

    We Care

    Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Michigan Divorce Help cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


    Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


    Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


    We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


    When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

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    Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

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    At Michigan Divorce Help, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

    We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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