How Can I Keep My Pet in a Divorce?

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Unknown Speaker 0:00 Hello, and welcome to 60 seconds with Sergio. I am your host Sergio cabanas attorney at law here in Florida. Thank you for joining me today. Today’s question is Sergio, it appears that my marriage is heading towards a divorce.

However, I really really love my pet. And I’m concerned about losing in a divorce. What can I do to avoid this horrible situation? Well, I understand I’m a dog lover and a cat lover myself, I totally understand how somebody wants to avoid and do whatever they can to avoid losing their precious pet, such as a loving dog, cat, parrot, whatever the pet may be. Unfortunately, under the law, pets are treated like anything else like property, they’re treated like a motorcycle or baseball card collection, whatever. And in many circumstances, it’s considered to be an asset that has to be divided and distributed in a marriage. So since we can split a pet into, we have to decide who ends up keeping the pet. Well if you’re concerned about losing the pet in your divorce, you should consult an attorney because exceptions may apply.

So perhaps there is a legal exception that can apply towards your case to save your pet. For example, warehouse a pet was acquired before the marriage or the pet was acquired during the marriage but through a gift or an inheritance just to you. And if a legal exception does not apply, we’ll do all we can to negotiate for you to keep your pet that usually is in exchange for something else with the other spouse hoping that the other spouse is not trying to do it out of spite in order to gain some leverage over you because you love your pet. Now as we negotiate the situation, we can apply some of the same principles that we use for children for example, we can come up with a plan for both people to be able to have time sharing with that to the extent possible.

I hope this short video provided you some general guidance over a very, very important area of the law, especially when you love your pets. Thank you again for joining me. And as always Stay informed so you can stay strong. Transcribed by

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Sergio Cabanas, Esq. | Family Law Attorney | Cabanas Law Firm

Sergio Cabanas, Esq. founded the Cabanas Law Firm in 2006 and provides Divorce and Family legal services, as well as Estate Planning, to ensure his clients have planned for their newly single life and are protected after their divorce. He began his career in law in 1992 as a prosecuting attorney at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, then continued his litigation track as an insurance defense attorney defending medical professionals against medical malpractice claims and expanded into disability and life insurance claims. Sergio is a Certified Mediator registered in the Supreme Court of Florida and a frequent speaker in the community about the importance of Estate Planning to keep families out of probate court and to prepare essential instructions in the event of disability or incapacity.