For many of us, pets are considered important members of the family. While divorce laws are clear when it comes to what happens with children in a divorce, what about custody involving our four-legged friends?


While pets may mean a great deal to us, they are considered personal property under Florida law. This means they are subject to the equitable distribution laws regarding divorce. Its value does indeed refer to its financial value, even though pets are much more than that and provide an infinite deal of emotional value.

Perhaps because they are living things that are also deemed property, the guidelines regarding pets can be tricky and may vary among judges and courtrooms. There have been cases where a couple received joint custody of the pet, which both spouses disagreed with. The former couple ended up spending thousands of dollars in legal fees before the wife was ultimately awarded custody.

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