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Who gets custody of the family pet?

When going through a divorce, there are a lot of little details that have to be ironed out. One sticking point for many is the family pet. Figuring out who gets custody of this member of the family can cause arguments and delays. What does the state of Louisiana have to say about pet custody?

For numerous pet owners, their pets are more than just animals; they are their fur babies. The thought of being separated from them is devastating. So, the want of a pet custody plan is understandable. However, this is not something that the state will take part in.

According to Louisiana family laws, pets are considered property. Little concern is given regarding which spouse ends up with the animal. If the pet were one spouse's property before marriage, that spouse would keep the pet. If the animal is considered shared property, couples generally have to figure out on their own who will keep it. If they cannot come to agreeable terms, the state will just assign the animal to one spouse in the divorce settlement.

Divorcing couples in Louisiana who wish to have pet custody terms have to reach such agreements outside of court. For some couples, having one spouse take primary custody of the animal is the best thing for the pet; for others, sharing time with the pet makes sense. Legal counsel can help one figure out what is best for the family pet and help one create pet custody terms if that is something one desires.

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