Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
Main Menu Office/Contact

Leaders in Litigation

Pets and divorce battles

Custody battles over children have long been an important, and sometimes unpleasant, feature of divorce cases in Colorado and around the country. Other couples may another very emotional dispute to settle if they own pets. A recent high-profile divorce dispute between two Hollywood stars, for example, came down to the sentimental value of three prized dogs. Divorce judges and attorneys are seeing many such cases arise.

Kidnapping, threats and restraining orders all have come up in pet-custody disputes. A spouse who has formed an emotional bond with a pet, and has spent more time and attention on its care and feeding, may claim custody on the same basis as she would fight for the custody of a young son or daughter. In most cases, however, pets are treated as personal property akin to furniture or other household goods and are subject to equitable distribution in Colorado.

Some judges, however, may allow the spouses to present their own testimony, witnesses and evidence supporting their claims. In this way, pets can complicate and lengthen the divorce process, extend the attorney hours, and make the entire divorce more difficult and expensive.

To avoid this scenario, attorneys routinely advise couples to work out possession of their four-legged friends in a pre- or post-nuptial agreement. Although pets often bond with only a single person, a written agreement will simplify matters if a couple buys the pet together, and both contribute to the care of the pet. A divorce attorney can help a pet-owning client in negotiating and preparing such an agreement that contains appropriate language.

Source: The Daily Beast, "Divorce Is Going to the Dogs, Literally", Keli Goff, June 20, 2014

Email us your case details

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
390 Interlocken Crescent,
Suite #350

Broomfield, CO 80021

Broomfield Law Office Map

Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
Downtown Denver Office
1660 Lincoln Street
Suite #2045
Denver, Colorado 80264
Downtown Denver Law Office Map

Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
Uptown Denver Office
1741 High Street
2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado 80218
Uptown Denver Law Office Map

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.