Monday, November 24, 2014

Pre-Nups Should Include Pets

The Boston Globe reports that disagreements over pet custody are on the rise. Approximately 27% of divorce lawyers surveyed have seen an increase in pet custody fights over the last five years.   Because the law considers pets property, in the event of a divorce, courts do not consider what is in the best interest of the pet.  It just does not matter who spent more time with the pet or who took more responsibility.  Some courts require the litigants to negotiate a resolution, making the animals easy fodder for emotional manipulation. To avoid this heartache, you can create a prenuptial agreement to cover your four legged family members.  This terms of the document will be enforced in the event of a divorce.   One person quoted in the article stated  “If somebody wasn’t willing to sign one, they’re probably not the best person for me.”