In large segments of the United States population, couples are not having children, fewer kids, or waiting until later l in ife. This may account for the growing multi-billion-dollar industry related to pets: Dog dadaycarePet therapists. Organic pet food. These are all words that are as common to hear and convey as lol and emojis. And hearing “my child” is a dog [cat, or fill in the blank] is a norm. It is at the time of divorce, the pets sometimes become focal points. Both litigants “love” the dog and want him/her; in more acrimonious divorces one wants the pet ...
July 31, 2018CD
In most marriages, there are good and bad times. At some junctures, most couples contemplate the “what if” of a divorce. However, while by statistics and commonly accepted social norms, divorce is just a part of life, there are many “unsaid” considerations that the statistics and societal norms do not account for. This blog explores 5 key legal and social considerations you should make before considering or filing divorce—that you may not hear from any other person but should consider. First, in almost every case, children of divorce have long-term insecurities surrounding their parents’ divorce. It may well be that the ...
January 26, 2017Adam Hayes
One of the most uncertain times in life is deciding to get a divorce and end a marriage. The list of items that must be done to effectuate this is lengthy and runs from locating tax returns to potentially finding a place to live. During this time, it is also easy to feel overwhelmed by everything and anything. This blog provides three key steps to make and/or gather for a smooth divorce—so you can focus concern with productive actions. The first is to get a realistic financial picture of where the marriage estate stands. Ordinarily, if you gather tax returns ...
August 31, 2016Adam Hayes
Often throughout the divorce or breakup process, it is a complex untangling a web of comingled items-funds, property, businesses, sometimes even ideas. Child custody is one of the first issues addressed, and division of property follows shortly thereafter. But what about Fido-the faithful family dog? Who gets the family dog in a breakup? Under present law, dogs, and other pets are considered property1. While the family pet may be considered a loving and loyal member of the family, it is not seen as different from a couch or television under present law. There have been some recent moves away from family ...
March 10, 2015CD
The Custody of “Rover” the Dog. Yes, even the dog pays the price in divorce. Every experienced divorce attorney has had the conversation with a client about custody of the beloved family dog, affectionately named “Rover” in this post. In the times of high emotion and stress that often accompany a divorce, the unconditional love given by a pet may make all the difference. Sometimes, this makes the dog a focal point in the divorce. In Indiana, pets are property, and there is no application of the child-custody law. All of the fighting ends in the same place, a ...
May 18, 2011CD