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)