Dividing property in a divorce is difficult, but it can be excruciating when it comes to pets. Pets are treated like property. There's no custody fight for them in the eyes of the law, but fighting over who gets a pet can feel like fighting over custody of a child.
One way that couples are avoiding this fight is to sign pet prenup agreements before marriage. These would tell the court who gets the pet in the event of a divorce. Without one of these, the court will use their procedures to decide who gets the pet. Some of the things they would look for are who bought the pet originally and who pays for upkeep and vet bills. The court has to look dispassionately on the situation.
Prenuptual agreements might seem like a foreshadowing of a doomed marriage, but they can be very helpful in hastening a divorce should one happen. We can help you formulate a prenuptual agreement. Just going through the process before you get married can teach you just how much your lives will be bound together after marriage, especially in a community property state like Washington.
For more information, contact Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC. We can help.