Who gets to keep the dog in a divorce?

This can often be a sensitive and contentious issue where there is no agreement.

The issue is typically treated as a matter of ownership and property division as pets are considered chattels by the court, rather than members of the family.

The court will consider evidence such as who bought the dog or whose name is on the microchip database to determine ownership.

If a couple has a pre-nuptial, post-nuptial or petnuptial agreement that addresses pet custody, the terms of the agreement will typically be followed.

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