You’ve probably heard people refer to their pets as their “babies,” and you may even do so yourself. Even if you don’t consider your pets to be your “children,” you’ve formed a special bond with your animal companions. Pet dogs, cats, and even birds can become part of your family and a significant part of your life. Unfortunately, as with so many aspects of our lives, divorce can also present challenges when it comes to pets.
In fact, pet custody is an issue often as contentious as child custody, but pet custody is handled very differently by the court. Understanding how the Colorado courts approach the issue of pet custody can help you prepare for the realities of your divorce.
Negotiating the terms of your divorce can be complicated, especially when it comes to issues like the custody of your beloved pets. The Datz Law Firm, a premiere separation and divorce law firm, can help. Give us a call today to set up a consultation with an experienced Colorado lawyer, at (720) 879-1114.
Pets are Defined as Property
No matter how emotionally attached or bonded we may be to our pets, under Colorado law they are considered property. They’ll assign your pet a value, and that price will be considered an element to divide during the equitable distribution of assets.
The court generally does not engage in making custody arrangements with regards to animals; they’ll simply assign the pet to one spouse. This assignment means your former partner could end up having custody of your pet, and you won’t have the right to visitation. That’s why it’s so important to have an attorney if custody of your pet is important to you.
Even in an amicable divorce, it’s essential to negotiate and have an advocate for your best interests. Schedule a consultation with one of the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at The Datz Law Firm Broomfield office by calling (720) 879-1114 today.
Is Shared Custody Possible?
While you should not expect the court to arrange shared custody on your behalf, it is possible for a court to approve an uncontested divorce agreement that includes unusual terms. As long as those terms don’t violate the law and are clearly specified, they will usually be accepted. Of course, this means that your attorney will need to negotiate with your spouse’s attorney; they will then determine the best way to define the terms for shared pet custody, and create a binding contract for you and your former spouse to sign and follow.
While the courts may view your pets as mere property, here at The Datz Law Firm, we understand just how significant a role they can play in your life, especially when you are already going through a stressful divorce. Call us at (720) 879-1114 to consult with a Denver divorce attorney to find out what custody options might be available.