Here at T&L Family Law, we love our pets, and we are sure you do too. Dogs, cats, and other companion animals give joy and meaning to our lives, and we consider them a part of the family. Under previous law, these pets were deemed property, and weren’t given any special consideration in divorce or separation cases. However, the opinions are changing, and nowadays, it’s not uncommon for a couple to make custody arrangements for their animals after they split. It may sound a little far-fetched, but we are committed to protecting the health and safety of all of our clients- not just the two-legged ones.
Many divorce attorneys in Santa Monica won’t take the time to create pet custody agreements, but we like to do things differently at T&L Family Law. We know that divorce is difficult enough, but if you add worrying about the safety and happiness of your beloved pets on top of everything else, it can be overwhelming. You can trust our team of compassionate, experienced lawyers to find a reasonable arrangement for your animals that is in their best interests. This is especially important if you are dealing with an abusive situation, and need to rescue your pets from a potentially dangerous home.
No matter what your personal situation looks like, it can be beneficial to have a special section for your pets written into your divorce settlement paperwork. Unlike verbal agreements, these documents carry legal protections for all the members of your family, even the furry ones, so that you can rest easy at night knowing your pets will be in the best environment for their optimal wellness and fulfillment. In many cases, these legal arrangements can even cover visitation rights and financial support, which have previously been reserved for human children of divorced parents. Your companion animals can go on to live happy lives after the split, and you’ll have the power to protect them from things like abuse and neglect too.
Our furry friends are more sensitive than we may realize, and they may have a hard time adjusting to major changes in the family and home structure. If you are considering filing for divorce, be sure to hire a pet custody attorney in California, so your pets can enjoy a good quality of life and move on towards a better future, just like you. Reach out to our office today to learn more.