What happens to a pet in a divorce?

Attorney Eric Meredith

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North Carolina residents who are not animal lovers may scoff at the idea of arguing about who gets to keep a pet after a divorce, but those who have a beloved dog, cat or other pet know how important animal companionship can be. Courts are also starting to understand this as animals fall under property division laws less often now as they are starting to become recognized as the members of the family that they are.

“The dog or the cat or the family pet becomes like a child. With that, comes the emotional turmoil of when there is a divorce or separation of who takes the dog,” says Eric Meredith, attorney and partner with Jetton and Meredith