Sunday, December 21, 2014

Divorce Confidential: Sharing Pets at the Holidays

If you and your spouse or significant other are divorced/separated and you plan to share the pets over the holidays, make your preparations in advance.  This means agreeing on the time and place for exchange with a backup plan in case of foul weather or other unexpected occurrences.

The holidays are stressful for everyone, pets included.  There's a lot going on and a lot that can go wrong.  Plan for contingencies in advance.  Make sure your pets are included in holiday festivities and not an after thought that gets shut up in the bedroom and ignored.

If you can't agree with your ex regarding the pets, when the holidays are over, speak with a qualified animal law attorney and create an agreement - coined Petnuptials - in order to set out the terms and conditions of your pet sharing arrangement.

For questions, please contact Peggy R. Hoyt, J.D., M.B.A., B.C.S.

(board certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates and Elder Law)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Concerns of Animal Feed Additive from Dr. Michael Fox | Truth about Pet Food

Dr. Michael Fox is a long time friend of our family - he's been an influence in my life since I was 10.  The point he is making here is that the meat we are feeding our animals contains additives that may not be in the best interest of our pet's health (our either for that matter).

I don't eat meat, but I still feed it to my pets, so it is still a big concern for me and for the health and safety of my pets.

To learn more about the dangers of feed additives that can affect your pet, read more...

Concerns of Animal Feed Additive from Dr. Michael Fox | Truth about Pet Food

Sunday, November 23, 2014

‘Pup-Nups’ Help Solve Pet Custody Disputes « CBS Pittsburgh

It's the latest rage - a Pup Nup - a prenuptial agreement with our soon-to-be spouse that governs who gets the pets if something happens to the marriage.  Sound crazy? Not at all!  It's your best defense against a legal battle with your now, soon-to-be-ex if your marriage becomes a statistic.  Don't forget, 50% of all marriages don't survive.  You might not have kids, but what about the pets?

When my first husband and I divorced we had a dog and two cats.  I got the dog and one of the cats.  He kept the other cat and I got visitation rights.  My current husband and I have 3 horses, 7 dogs and 2 cats.  That would be a disaster if anything happened to our marriage.

I know one lady who spent her retirement savings fighting her ex over visitation of their dog.  They couldn't agree who would keep the dog and the other wanted rights to visit.  Rather than "switching kids" at the local McDonalds or Burger King, they swapped at their vet's office.  This was fine until one day when the vet techs reported he let the dog out of the trunk of the car!

And you don't have to be married to have a pet custody dispute.  Unmarried couples often adopt pets or buy each other a pet as a gift.  Then, when the relationship ends, there's no clear answer to who keeps the pet.  When two friends of mine split, she wanted the dog because she bought it (for him) and he wanted the dog because it was his gift.  Today, he has the dog and she visits.  He did buy her another dog, but as you pet lover's know, it didn't diminish the love she had for the first - so now there's a new dog to love.  

A Pup Nup could avoid all this legal wrangling when relationships go bad.  Planning ahead for how pets and property are going to be divided is well advised.  For more information, don't hesitate to call The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan, and ask for Peggy Hoyt.  407-977-8080.  

‘Pup-Nups’ Help Solve Pet Custody Disputes « CBS Pittsburgh