Who Gets the Dog in a Divorce in Arizona?

Cindy Best

This is a question that many people ask when getting a divorce in Arizona. Pets are a part of many people’s families.? And society as a whole has become more accepting of the pet’s position in the family?over the past several years.? More and more public places have become “pet friendly” to accomodate America’s love of pets.

In the eyes of the law?pets are considered property.? But for many people, pets are considered part of the family, and are more like children than property.? During a divorce, it can be difficult to determine who ultimately ends up with the family pet.? Fluffy and Fido mean more to most people than to simply list them with the couch and the TV.

A good attorney will listen to the client’s concerns about their family pet, and can help to draft the exact language which can be similar to ?a child custody agreement which can be incorporated into the final divorce documents.? Do not be afraid to speak up and ask questions on behalf of your pets. The court will want to know if the dog or other pet was a gift, who takes care of it, who pays to take care of it, who takes it for walks, takes it to the vet, who brushes it, and who the pet is bonded with the most.

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