New Yorkers love their pets. They really treat them as part of the family and some even see their pets as the equivalent of a child. Many times, the “next step” in a relationship is getting a pet together. Unfortunately, not all relationships last forever and determining which member gets to keep the pet can be heartbreaking. This has become such a contested issue in many break-ups that a new trend, known as a “pet-nuptial agreement,” has begun.

What is a Pet-Nuptial Agreement?
A pet-nup is similar to a pre-nuptial agreement in that it decides what happens to the pet in the event the couple splits up in the future. This is one of the most challenging issues in a divorce, so it can allow one less thing to worry about in a relationship. For couples who are particularly attached to their pets, this can help you stay out of the courtroom and have an understanding of what will happen in the future if the relationship ends. Since there is no child custody arrangement for pets due to the fact that pets are considered property, a pet is typically included in the equitable distribution process.

Possible Options for Sharing a Pet After a Break-Up

In a pet-nup, couples can arrange for one party to keep the pet or for both parties to continue sharing the pet. However, this can become complicated if one party moves to a different state, making it impossible to keep up with the visitation arrangements. When the couple decides to share a pet after a break-up, an important factor to consider is how the expenses for the pet will be handled. Will you split vet bills? Who will pay for any training or boarding expenses? These are all important factors to consider when determining the future of a pet after a relationship ends.

Contact a NYC Attorney

Zimmet Law Group, P.C. has significant experience with a variety of divorce and family law matters, including pet-nups. In fact, Attorney Robert Schioppo recently spoke with Inside Edition regarding these legal matters. For questions about pet-nups in New York, contact our firm today.

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