Pet Arrangements Increasing In Divorces - part 1
- I want custody of, or at least visitation with my pet, will I get it?
- But what about the best interests of my pet?
- What if my spouse and I agree to an arrangement regarding our pet?
I want custody of, or at least visitation with my pet, will I get it?
A pet owner might feel that his or her beloved pet is like a child, but Georgia courts simply view pets as personal property. Therefore, like with all personal property issues in a divorce, a pet is subject to division. Of course, this is not in the literal sense, but rather a pet is most likely to be awarded to one party instead of the other.
But what about the best interests of my pet?
Similar to the above answer, a Georgia court is unlikely to consider the best interest of the pet because pets are viewed as personal property. The best interests test is applied to children in certain matters, and while you may feel that your pet is like your child, unfortunately the current law does not allow Georgia courts to take that view too.
What if my spouse and I agree to an arrangement regarding our pet?
Parties can reach mutual agreement on their pet related issues, including creating a resolution where each party can have time with the pet. Parties can agree to (and ask the court to sign off on) a simple agreement, or tailor a very detailed one which provides for all sorts of contingencies to their pet related issues.