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March 2, 2020
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pet custody michigan divorce femminineo attorneysChildren and money – those are always the major elements of contention when it comes to working out a divorce settlement. But what about the family pet? Who gets custody of your pet when your marriage ends? What’s fair? And who decides?

Your Pet: Family or Property?

Most pet owners claim their beloved pet as a member of the family. This cherished creature sleeps in their bed and goes on road trips and is a fixture in their daily life. With an existence that is already changing in every possible way, the presence of their pet is one constant both parties are very likely going to want to keep – which means a strong fight for pet custody.

Unfortunately, the way Michigan law sees pets is not as warm-blooded entities who share your home and life. Legally, pets are considered property, just like houses, vehicles, and belongings. Because Michigan is an equitable distribution state, assets and debts of a marriage are divided by the court in a way that is intended to be equitable to both parties. And that includes pets – they are considered a marital asset subject to distribution.

Showing You Should Get Pet Custody

Until the time comes that divorce courts recognize pets as something other than property, you must work within the constraints of the law. So, if you want to walk away from your divorce with pet custody, the best way you can do so is to show that the pet is separate, non-marital property. This can be argued by establishing that you were given the pet as a gift during the marriage or obtained the pet prior to the marriage.

There are other ways to plead your case:

  • You spend the most time with the pet.
  • You provide most of the care for the pet.
  • You are most financially able to provide food and vet care for the pet.
  • Children in the home of the person with primary custody are emotionally attached to the pet.

It’s important to remember, however, that dogs, cats, and other pets are not children. Busy divorce courts are not necessarily inclined to spend the time and expense to hear pet custody proceedings that are as complex as a child custody matter. Judges look favorably on divorcing couples who come to court with a pet custody plan in mind.

The Details of Pet Custody in Michigan Divorce

It’s possible to come to a shared custody arrangement for your family pet. You could exchange your dog at the same time you exchange your children, shifting your pet between two homes. This would also include a shared responsibility for the expenses of the pet. Your divorce settlement will need to be carefully fleshed out to identify both parties’ responsibilities.

When you have a special connection to your pet, the last thing you want to do during such an emotionally fraught time as divorce is to give up that creature. An experienced Michigan divorce lawyer will help you figure out the most fair and amicable pet custody in your divorce. Schedule a consultation with Femminineo Attorneys, PLLC in Macomb to discuss your case.

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Family Law Expertise

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.

Strong Relationships

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.

Experience

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, Femminineo Attorneys 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.

Commitment

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

Flexibility

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

Effectiveness

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.

Tenacity

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.

Expert Staff

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. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day through our hot line at 586-854-3654.

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At Femminineo Attorneys, 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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