This is as contentious an issue as any faced by our divorce lawyers in Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia, Midland, and Newmarket. Pets are part of the family and can often get dragged into the ugliness of a messy divorce.
The law views pets as property, not people, so they can be fought over. This is often a major stumbling block, as both parties can be very attached to their family dog or cat.
So how do you decide who gets “custody” of your furry friends?
“The prudent answer might be the one that cares for the pet the most or the one with whom the pet has bonded the most,” says an article at www.pets.ca.
“Either way this will be hard on the pet as they are creatures of habit and changing residences, and/or having a regular household member more absent, creates stress. At least try to keep the pet’s routine the same with regard to eating, playtime, walks etc.”
Kids are also a huge factor. Children can be very attached to their pets. Often times the parent who will spend the most time with the children will get the pet(s), to try to help the children transition into their new living arrangement. But it really is a case-by-case basis.
If you’re facing any type of separation and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our divorce lawyers in Muskoka, Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia, Midland, or Newmarket. (Whether you are looking for a divorce lawyer in Newmarket, a lawyer in Orillia or the office closest to you, we are here to listen to your needs).