Separation or divorce: what future does my pet have?
Is an organization chart of visits added to the goods division? Who stays with the pet in case of divorce or separation? In this article we will tell you.
How a pet suffers a divorce
No doubt animals can identify emotional problems, changes in the energy of the home ... and act accordingly. Many pets whose owners are going through a separation feel sad, depressed and even modify certain behaviors ; they can bark all day long, bite what they find in their path, urinate on the couch or have destructive habits with themselves (biting the tail is a very common case).
Dogs are the ones who suffer the most when Marriage is divorced, because they are very social and family. They like the routine, the presence of all the members of the 'herd' and, above all, the tranquility on an emotional level.
In the case of cats , which are more territorial and 'of the house' as it is popularly said, can be affected by removals and new spaces.
Who does the pet stay with?
Beyond the reasons that led to the separation of a couple, it is very important that an agreement be reached regarding the pet in common. It is not the same as dividing equally the furniture or sell the car ...
If it is not possible to do it for the 'good' there is always the option to appeal to the courts. That is, a judge who basically determines who the pet stays with.
First of all we should know how animals are considered in our country. Some civil codes indicate that pets are movable property - as if it were a bed or a sofa - and in others are considered as living beings, and usually have similar treatment to what happens with the children of the couple.
In the first case, it can be claimed by any of the two members of the couple. But if the animal was already 'property' of one of the parties, this will be who will have the right to keep it. The other can not decide on the pet.
There are two types of custody for the pet, shared or unique. Each of them will depend on the specific situation of the couple that is separating or divorcing:
1. Joint Custody
In the event that there is no 'friendly' agreement between the parties, the judge may establish joint custody. It is determined in which house the animal will live and the regime of visits by the other 'father'.
It can be visited or taken to another home. Everything will depend on the particular situation; some even choose to take it on vacation or stay in one house in the week and in the other on weekends.
Keep in mind that these changes in housing, environment and routine can be very stressful for the pet . Not recommended for cats, sensitive to modifications of this type.
2. Single custody
Not always achieved by friendly route. Sometimes a judge is in charge of determining who gets the dog or the cat. What will it depend on?This can also be taken into account by the judge when deciding custody.
Of course, this does not mean that the other party can not appeal the decision, or even demonstrate a case of abuse or abandonment and that the custodian is not adequate to ensure the welfare of the pet. It is necessary to make a non-anonymous report in the corresponding office, to have witnesses and evidence to prove it.
During a divorce there are many issues to resolve; The pet can be one of the most complicated problems because it is a sentient being , not an object. A good way to choose who the dog or cat should stay with is to recognize who the real 'owner' is. That is, with whom you have more affinity for the couple.