If you're going through a separation and you have a family pet, Gilroy Steel Solicitors can help.
When it comes to deciding about custody of a much-loved pet, negotiations can become emotive, leading to long cases if a party wants to stand firm. The law in England is quite clear and despite being an integral part of family life; a pet can be treated as an asset in your separation/divorce agreement.
Generally, the best way to avert a conflict in such a scenario is to enter into a cohabitation or pre-nuptial agreement. If you are separating amicably, there is no reason why you shouldn't have joint custody. If it’s too late for this then we are specialist collaborative lawyers. Collaborative Law is a great first option rather than the courts as it can be quicker with less stress and lower costs.
We have to look at many scenarios including past and future cost of upkeep, whether the pet was classed as a gift, who the primary carer was and at the end of the day we have to keep the best interests of the pet in mind.
For more information on how we can assist, call us for an appointment.