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Who gets the pets in a divorce?

One thing many Michigan couples fail to consider when undergoing a divorce is who gets the pets. Among the numerous other difficult considerations this can be the most challenging. There are steps you can take to mitigate the issue however, which will also ensure that your animals continue to be well-cared for. PetMD explains how to handle pet custody during a divorce.  

Keep the best interests of your pet in mind

It’s natural to feel animosity towards your ex after a divorce. However, when making major decisions it’s important to keep a clear head and to control your emotions. Maybe your pet would be better off with your ex, or maybe you’re not equipped to care for a pet on your own. These factors should all be considered when it comes to custody of an animal. Even though it may be painful, you should want your dog or cat to have the best life possible.

Consider your children

If you have kids and your ex has primary custody, you may consider letting him or her have the pets. Kids go through enough during a divorce without the stress of losing the family pet. Additionally, you can also visit with your pet when you have visits with your kids. That way you can ensure your children feel comforted during their time of need and that you’ll also get to spend time with your beloved pet.

Moving homes can also be traumatic

If you’re planning on moving out of the shared home, you may opt to let your pet stay put. Pets are often stressed out during moves, especially if you plan on moving a great distance away. You’ll also need to consider whether your new home is equipped for pets or whether your lease allows them at all. In this case, the right option may be to allow your pet to stay put, for their own benefit.

 

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