Divorce Considerations:

Prenups for Pets!



If you are engaged or thinking about getting married and you have a pet, you may want to get a prenuptial agreement with clauses to ensure what happens to your companion in the event of a divorce.  Prenuptial Agreements for pets are gaining popularity in recent years.  The internet is full of articles about disputes over dogs and cats who are like the children of people who have decided to get divorced.  Surprisingly, most people don’t know that anything acquired during a marriage may be considered to be marital property, including, pets!  If you acquired your pet before the marriage, that may not mean that you get the pet after a divorce.  Items commingled into a marriage become marital property in many states.  That can include pets that were acquired prior to a marriage but subsequently went to live with a married couple.

Prenuptial Agreements For Pets Are Gaining Popularity…

Even celebrities are finding out the hard way that custody of pets can be problematic during a divorce.  Yahoo News reports that Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas fought over the custody of their pets.  Griffith reportedly wanted their 3 dogs after their split.  A couple who thought they had no assets and would have an uneventful uncontested divorce spent weeks fighting over a dog said Jamel Oeser-Sweat, a New York attorney.  “One party could not have a dog in that parties building and was willing to move if necessary.”  Prenuptial Agreements with pet clauses in them could avoid those problems when they can be anticipated.

See Also:


What happens To The Dog If You Get Divorced

FOX 31: The Prepup: Prenuptial Agreements for Pets Gaining Popularity

Yahoo News: Pet Prenups: Fighting Over Fluffy.

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