So Who Gets The Dog In A Divorce? We’ve all seen it on television. Two people, on opposite sides of the room, both calling a dog’s name and waiting for brownie to pick a side and go home with one of them. But starting Jan. 1, divorcing couples won’t have to fight like cats and dogs over their animals.
On Jan. 1, divorcing couples won’t have to fight like cats and dogs over them and longer. A change to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act means judges can treat companion animals a little less like possessions and a little more like children, taking into account a pet’s welfare when making a decision about where he or she will live. The animals are still considered property, but the new version of the act acknowledges how important pets can be.
How long do you think it will be before Texas passes this law?
So many different stories swirl around: From the couple who were ordered to take one pet each, to the woman who lost her dog to her husband, merely because he was the one who’d bought it (even though she was the one who cared for the pet).
The lawyers in the case came up with an agreement: The two parties would bid on the animal, right there in the courtroom. The winner came away with the dog and $1,500 poorer, “kind of like a King Solomon deal.”
“Even though it’s not like with children, considering the well-being of the animal is still totally new. I think the judges might have done that anyway.
“I think pets take on a lot more stress than we often think they do. “A lot of times, people think the pet will be fine, but, much like with children, if there’s going to be a break in the family structure then you have to be really mindful about the impact on the pet.”
So Who Gets The Dog In A Divorce?
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