Pet Custody and Divorce Mediation

Like so many New Yorkers, married couples are often deeply devoted to their pets.  One recent study even found that “most pet owners would not trade their pets for even $1 million in cash”.  Couples facing divorce often find themselves spending considerable sums asking courts to decide who will take custody of a pet.  But there is no guarantee that, in doing so, the court will take into account the deep emotional connection most of us feel to our pets.

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In Divorce, Equitable Doesn’t Mean Equal

I just read a decision that caught my eye and hasn’t let go—for both good and bad reasons.  This case, D.C. v. P.C., demonstrates one of the legal principles my clients often find surprising—that, when it comes to dividing assets in a divorce, doing so “equitably” doesn’t always mean “equally”—and shows how important it can be to work with divorce professionals who can help families avoid unpredictable outcomes in court.

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