New Jersey Divorce Lawyers: Pet Prenuptial Agreements

Often overlooked is the equally strong bond between humans and pets. Unlike a child, pets in the eyes of the law are property – not people. As a result, a divorcing couple must choose one spouse to serve as primary caregiver to any shared pets. Much of the guesswork can be eliminated from this painful negotiation with the creation of a pet prenuptial agreement.

A pet prenuptial agreement allows couples to specify in advance who will serve as primary custodian for their fury friend in the event of a separation or divorce. A pet prenuptial agreement will also establish which pets were acquired by one spouse prior to a marriage, and what will become of pets acquired jointly during the marriage. Lastly, a pet prenuptial agreement will specify how much – if any – visitation a non-custodial pet parent will have, and for how long, once a divorce is final.

Divorce is Confusing for Animals, Too

During the initial stages of a separation, primary pet custodians should – whenever possible – show compassion for their former spouse in order to benefit their pet. Because a pet is unable to grasp the concept of divorce, it cannot understand why it no longer sees both caregivers on a regular basis. Moreover, pets are often forced to relocate and adjust to new surroundings. The confusion and emotional turmoil can be overwhelming for pets, most of whom crave stability. Increased access to a former caregiver can help sooth frayed nerves.

New Jersey Divorce Lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Draft Pet Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

A couple who married without a prenuptial agreement may nonetheless craft a postnuptial agreement specifically covering pets they have since acquired. If you or a loved one is in need of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, the New Jersey divorce lawyers at Lyons & Associates can help. Call us at 908-575-9777 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our Somerville, New Jersey offices, where we represent clients throughout New Jersey.