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Pets are often beloved members of families, and they can be the focus of fiery disputes whenever married pet owners divorce in Colorado. Just like other aspects of a dissolution case, pet custody disputes can be resolved in a number of ways. Understanding how Colorado divorce laws treat pet custody disputes can help you figure out your options whenever it’s time to end a marriage and determine where the pet’s future home will be.
At The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC, our Colorado divorce lawyers have deep experience with various disputes in dissolution cases, including those involving pet custody. We know how important pets are to their owners, especially as families evolve. We also know how to help our clients strategically protect their rights and interests in divorce disputes, both in and outside the courtroom.
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Pets are viewed as marital property, under Colorado law. This means that pets, like the marital home and other assets, are subject to equitable division. It also means that:
Here, it’s important to understand that different family courts in Colorado may take a slightly different approach to disputes over pet custody. For example, some judges may be open to considering pet custody disputes in a similar light as child custody disputes, evaluating them based on “best interest” factors and each party’s relationship with the pet in question.
In these circumstances, a judge may be inclined to consider specifics, like (but not limited to):
An experienced Colorado family lawyer will know how different courts and local judges view pet custody disputes and, consequently, can be helpful in advising which jurisdictions may be preferable (when there are options about where to file for divorce).
There can be several options for avoiding future pet custody battles, depending on your circumstances. Generally, the best way to head off these disputes is to create a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement that defines the terms of pet custody.
If it’s too late for that, it’s best to consult an attorney. While there may be ways to come to a settlement out of court, a lawyer can point out the best options for proceeding, based on your situation and objectives.
Whether you are considering or in the middle of a divorce in Colorado, the sooner you contact The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC, the better.
The truth is that pet custody can be just one of several battles that may be on the horizon in an upcoming divorce. When you want to be confident that you have exceptional representation when it’s time to assert your rights and protect what matters most, it’s time to call The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC.
Call (970) 488-1887 or email our firm for a 100% confidential consultation.
No matter how complicated your case may be, we are here for you, and we’re ready to put our experience, know-how, and commitment to work providing you with top-quality representation every step of the way. From offices in Fort Collins, we represent clients throughout Larimer County and the state of Colorado.
If you have decided to get a divorce, the next steps can seem daunting. Here we provide a few answers to common questions about filing for divorce.
Depending on your family, financial, and personal circumstances there are many factors you will want to consider when filing for divorce. Find out what type of divorce is right for you.
If you have children and are going through a divorce, one of the hardest things to do is to tell your children. Learn more about the effects of divorce on children.
How long will it take for the Court to issue a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage? The earliest a Colorado court could issues the divorce decree is 91 days after the petition was filed. However it can take longer than 91 days, as expert valuations and reports may be needed.
How can a divorce attorney help with an uncontested divorce? Uncontested divorce generally means the parties have agreed upon all issues, or they believe they will be able to easily agree on all issues. A divorce attorney can help with an uncontested divorce by ensuring everything drafted properly.
What are mandatory financial disclosures? Financial disclosures are required of both parties in every divorce case, within the first 45 days after the petition has been filed. The exchange of mandatory financial disclosures is intended to put each party on a level playing field as it relates to the finances of the divorce.
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