Pets Can Become Casualties of Divorce

June 28, 2012
Louis Sternberg


The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently published a story on the impact of divorce on family pets.  In addition to briefly discussing the pets’ status as property (or chattel), the article points out an unfortunate consequence of divorce.  Instead of the typical “custody” fight over pets, sometimes neither party is capable of taking the family pet.  Often this occurs when the marital residence falls into foreclosure and the parties move into new homes that cannot accommodate or do not permit pets.  Sadly, the pets are surrendered at animal shelters or even simply abandoned outdoors.