A divorce is often an emotionally difficult process that requires a lot of negotiation when it comes to dividing assets and property. One thing that many people do not initially consider is that although your pets can feel like your family members, in Texas, they are actually considered personal property. Therefore, when pets are involved in the divorce process, things can become even more challenging.
Pets are often considered and even referred to as members of the family or even children, and it can be hard to imagine living without them. Unfortunately, pets are actually classified as property, which means there is a bit less flexibility. This means that unlike in a child custody case, where time is divided between the two divorcing parents, when pets are concerned, one person must often let go and release their ownership to the other party.
The idea of losing a pet can be especially difficult for those going through a divorce when the presence of a loved animal can provide emotional support. In Texas, a community property state, assets including but not limited to wages, property, and animals are considered to be communal and need to be split evenly between the spouses who are separating. Three common scenarios for establishing who will get the pets after a divorce include:
When you’re going through a divorce and are trying to figure out who will take care of your pets, things can become difficult. Texas treats pets in a divorce a specific way, and it is important to learn your legal rights before starting to communicate with your spouse on this matter. At The Jackson Law Firm, we understand how challenging it can be to discuss the arrangements for your pets during the divorce process. Call us today at (512) 528-1900 to learn how we can help.