Getting a divorce can be an extremely stressful process. Between dividing assets and starting a completely new chapter in your life, the emotional toll can be overwhelming. And that only becomes more complicated when there are dependents involved – even if those dependents are only your fur babies.
Deciding who gets the dog or dogs during a divorce process can be relatively complicated, especially assuming that four-legged friend has stolen the hearts of both its parents. There are a lot of factors that go into figuring out who might continue to have the pup in their custody.
Typically, dogs are treated like personal property and would be seen in courts as such. But because dogs do have a special place in our hearts and have a their own clear preferences and abilities to communicate those to the humans who care for them, it’s not as cut and dry as it might be with say the furniture you shared during the marriage.
Better understanding all the factors involved might make you feel more comfortable about reaching a puppy parent decision you can better live with.