Posted on November 13, 2023
2 dogs running

A potential client came into my Brentwood, TN office today and mentioned they did not have children but, they did have 3 dogs.  She asked if pets are considered in a settlement.  Pets should indeed be included in settlement discussions and it is important to consider the needs of both the pets and the owners. 

The three dogs in the family are all large dogs.  The wife wants to keep all three dogs and will be moving into a house with a fenced in yard.  Wife also works from home so, having all three dogs at her house is a possibility.  This situation is a bit tricky because Husband had all 3 dogs before they were married.  He bought the dogs and so the ownerships papers list his name.  But, Husband travles a lot for work and is gone about 50% of the time.

If we consider what is best for all involved, the solution will be obvious.  I suggested an option would be for shared custody.  Wife can keep the dogs when Husband is out of town.  Because his travel schedule is unpredicatble, this will make a joint custody schedule a challenge. 

I suggested the three of us sit down to discuss options and she agreed.  Divorce is not rocket science.  It does take effort to get a smart divorce and that is our specialty.

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