Family pets and divorce: Do they go with the kids?
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Family pets and divorce: Do they go with the kids?

| Jul 7, 2020 | Uncategorized |

It’s hard enough ending a long-term relationship and having to spend less time with your children, but you also need to consider what to do with your pets. Your youngest child is very attached to your dog, and your daughter loves your cat. You and your soon-to-be ex-spouse had considered rehoming your pets, but with your children’s input, you decided that keeping them would be fine.

What should you do with them, though? Should they travel back and forth with your children? Should the pets have a specific home with one person?

This is a complicated question to answer. Consistency is key for your pets and for your children. The first thing to remember is that your pet may have a preference. For example, if your dog is better controlled with you in the home, it may be better to take custody of your dog while your ex takes the cat. If your cat is friendly with your daughter but not your son, you might consider having the cat stay where your daughter does but splitting custody in a way that limits your son’s exposure to it.

This won’t necessarily be an easy situation to deal with, but there are solutions. Whether you do decide to rehome your pets and give them to a family member or have them travel back and forth with your children, it’s a good idea to talk through what would be best for everyone involved. Your attorney can talk to you about what they’ve seen work in the past and options for setting up custody in a way that works for your specific situation.