Pets And Divorce: Part Three- Who Does Your Pet Belong With?

June 30th, 2016

In this three-part series about pets and divorce, we’ll look at how Oregon law views pets, tips to help maintain custody of your animals, and questions to ask yourself before telling your Portland OR divorce attorney to seek custody.

boy and dogIn our third and final installment of the series, we discuss whether or not you should fight for ownership of your four-legged friend. Before making a decision, ask yourself the following questions:

  • If you gain custody will your pet have to relocate?  
  • Will the animal’s new home be as nice as their previous one?
  • Does your pet have medical needs? If yes, can you provide them?  
  • Will you be taking the pet away from your children at a time when they need as much familiarity as possible?  
  • If you’re seeking joint-custody, does your pet have the constitution to travel and endure frequent changes of scenery?  
  • Who is the pet most attached to?
  • Do you really want the pet or are you just trying to hurt your future ex-spouse?

If you answered yes to just one of the aforementioned questions you might want to reconsider seeking custody.  

Remember, if you really love your pets you should act in their best interests not yours.

If you have more questions about pets and divorce in Portland OR contact Ronald Johnston Family Law here.

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