Houston Pet Custody Lawyers
Animal Custody & Your Divorce
If you've ever asked an animal lover what they would do for their pets, the answer was probably "anything." At Boudreaux Hunter & Associates, LLC, we know your pets are part of the family. That's why our Houston pet custody attorneys are committed to helping you protect your pets and their best interests during a divorce.
What Does Texas Law Say About Pet Custody?
Child custody statutes do not apply to your pets. In fact, pets are typically considered property when you end a marriage or cohabitation.
Shannon uses a variety of factors to help the court determine who will have animal custody, such as:
- Who purchased or acquired the pet?
- What date was the pet purchased or acquired?
- Who takes care of the pet?
- Which person meets the pet's daily needs?
- Was the pet neglected while under the care of either party?
- What are the work schedules of each person?
- What are the travel schedules of each person?
- Does one party have custody of a child who is close to the pet?
Although judges do not award visitation schedules for pets, you may be able to enforce a written schedule (but only if both parties agree to it).