Gounaris Abboud, LPA: Dayton Family Law Attorney
When a family decides to divorce, questions may arise about who will get
to keep what had been shared pets of various species.
Broadly, laws have been designed to protect the interests of human children
in the event of divorce, allowing for mechanisms like shared custody,
visitation and alimony to be built into the legal framework of state legal
Under the law, pets are considered personal property, more similar in the
law to a television or snowboard then a child.
As a result, in many courts, the decision about where to place a pet will
rest solely on who makes a better claim for ownership.
Sharing may be possible but it is not an outcome which will be decided
in the court under most circumstances.
Pets are such an important aspect of so many people’s lives. As a
result, some courts are beginning to view pets more like children. In
these specific jurisdictions, legal rights are being granted to pet owners
which are more inline with principals of keeping homes together and seeking
to allow for shared custody, visitation and even alimony payments to be
levied towards pet owners who divorce. Though not all courts are willing
to explore family law proceedings in this way, it is not impossible given
the increasingly tolerant attitude towards pets and the value they bring
to people’s lives that far exceeds that of inanimate objects. Having
the right lawyer can help to support securing the result you need.
Your Hometown Dayton Family Law Attorney
The legal standing of pet ownership during divorce continues to evolve
but Gounaris Abboud, LPA is a Dayton Family Law expert who can help you
to answer any lingering questions about this issue. If you are a pet owner
and need legal advice, reach out and begin a
free consultation today!