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How can you manage your pets in a divorce?

As you go through a divorce, you make plans for your children and figure out how to divide your assets. One thing that hasn't been decided on, though, is how you're going to split time with your family pets.

You have two dogs, and they enjoy playing together. Both of your new homes are smaller, so neither you or your spouse are sure where your pets should go. You just know that you don't want to rehome them, and you want your children to still have access to them regularly.

For families with pets, not seeing their pets can be heartbreaking

Often, pets are treated more like property than living beings with feelings and emotions. They are truly loved companions, though. If you've had your pets for even a few years together, the thought of not seeing them again may break your heart.

That's why you need to carefully consider who will retain custody of your pets. One good suggestion could be to allow your pets to go where your children go. For example, if your children are with you from Monday through Thursday, you could look after your pets then. If your children go to see one parent on the weekends, then their pets could come with them then.

This is a good way to address the situation if you and your spouse still want access to your pets and if your children are worried about not seeing them. Though your pets are considered to be personal property, you can make arrangements that keep their best interests at heart. They can still be a part of all your lives, even after divorce.

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