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Consider a Prenup Agreement for your Pet

Posted by Elise Buie | Aug 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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Elise Buie

Passionate, creative, problem-solving attorney who crafts solutions rather than obstacles. Elise spends significant time educating her clients on healthy communication skills. Elise also ensures that her clients make informed decisions by understanding the future emotional and financial implications of their decisions. Your family's future is our first priority. Elise teaches her clients new skills to empower them in the future as they adjust to the new family structure. While divorce ends a marriage, it is the beginning of your new, often times, more authentic life. Elise will help you begin that new life with new skills to handle any future challenges.


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