Whilst most consider their pet a member of the family strictly speaking the law classifies an animal as an item of property. It is very common for parties to a separation to negotiate either a transfer of ownership or a ‘custody’ like agreement regarding the family pet. The nature of the arrangement will very much depend on the individual circumstances of the parties and prospect for realistic implementation of the agreement. As the pet is ‘property’, the value of the pet and each parties’ financial contributions to the purchase and care/maintenance of the pet would be considered.
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