Family Law


So you have separated.  Who gets the house, car, furniture, dog or cat?  We are seeing more and more couples arguing through the Courts for custody of their pets.  Unfortunately, the Courts have limited capacity to deal with such issues.  Pets are generally treated as personal property (similarly to CDs or clothes) or maybe as a business asset if they are a breeding animal.  The Courts do not consider the ‘best interests’ of a pet in the same way that they do a child, instead considering who purchased the pet, who is the registered owner, who usually has responsibility for the care of the pet and if there is a child, the importance of that pet to the child.  The Courts have recently made orders for ‘Stevie’ the parrot to accompany his owner, a young boy with Downs Syndrome as he travelled between his parent’s households.


If you have recently separated, or are considering separating, why not contact one of our friendly staff – 8362 5269.




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