Who Gets the Pets in a Divorce?
Do courts consider the best interest of the pet (or the owner) when making that call?
Can the Court order pet visitation?In Michigan, the courts cannot order puppy visitation, but some divorce decrees do contain voluntary provisions--which may be enforceable.
Do the courts consider emotional attachment to a pet?Not officially, God's creatures are not treated the same as humans by the court--no matter their place in the household.
Should pets be split up?That's up to the family. The Court will not decide. What's best for the pet and what will be the future living arrangements should be considered.
How are pets treated in divorce?Unfortunately as piece of personal property, like furniture or a car. It's harsh, but courts are just too backed up to consider the well-being of four legged creatures--when so many two legged creatures demand attention.