Getting through a Divorce Process can be a challenging process, which may demand from you big time and money if you do not get the right advice. There are diverse kind of properties involved in a divorce, one of them is addressed as Pet Custody established in the signing of AB 2274 makes clear that courts must view pet ownership differently than the ownership of a car, for example. By providing clearer direction, courts will award custody on what is best for the animal. Custody battles over animals have been on the rise in recent years, reflecting the important role that animals play in people’s lives and families. During and after your divorce, you pet is likely to be a great source of comfort to you. While they might not understand all that is happening, they will pick-up on emotions and stress. The changes that ensue after a divorce can be a challenging transition for them as well.
A 2014 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that more than 25 percent of respondents had seen an increase in pet custody cases during the previous five years, and 22 percent noted that courts are more frequently allowing these cases.
This amends to the California’s Family Code are to differentiate companion animals from these other types of marital assets. Courts are allowed to create “shared custody” agreements for companion animals, as well as to enter an order requiring a party to care for the animal prior to the final determination of ownership.
Though still classified as personal property, California’s new law aligns with the way most people view their animal companions — as family members — and acknowledges that animals are fundamentally distinct from other forms of property.
Is the court necessary to arrange the pet custody?
If you and your spouse cannot agree regarding the custody of your pet (or any other element of your divorce), mediation is often a way that you can reach an agreement without fighting it out in court.
The pros of mediation? Reduced costs, faster outcomes, greater control, confidentiality, and convenience are a few of the benefits. Many individuals prefer not to air out their dirty laundry in a public court setting. Mediation allows your divorce to be private and generally is substantially less costly.
Even if you are not able to resolve everything in mediation, the mediation process can help you resolve some of your issues, which then allows you to focus on the unresolved issues in court. Regardless of your mediation path, it is important for you to have a compassionate and experienced divorce attorney who can help you navigate the best approach for your unique situation.
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This is intended as general advice and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Each situation is unique and requires specific analysis of relevant contracts, facts and legal obligations.