We know how important pets can be to a family. Because of this, it is a good idea to understand the law when it comes to your furry loved ones if you are contemplating divorce. While many of us treat pets as members of our family, Tennessee law considers a pet personal property.
Ideally, parties will amicably decide who will get the pet in a divorce settlement. Often, however, this topic is highly emotional and may cause significant conflict. It is also a time when a spouse may use the affection one has for the pet as an opportunity to negotiate for other assets he/she wants when determining property division.
Mediation can be a helpful option when determining who receives “custody” of a family pet. If an agreement cannot be reached, the court will make this decision while considering a number of factors.
Pet ownership is only one area in which a couple may disagree when divorcing. If you would like to talk with one of our attorneys to discuss how we can assist you in preparing an agreement for dividing your property and assets, including pets, call 423.757.5000 or click here to schedule a consultation.