Family pets are just that – part of the family. Whether he’s been with you for years and years or you bought or ‘rescued’ him a year ago when he was just a pup, he has become an important part of your life.
Unfortunately, California courts still tend to view pets as property in divorce cases. Therefore, the best way to ensure you will get to keep your family pet or have legal visitation rights is to have your partner sign a legal pet custody agreement.
You’ll want to be sure not to exclude anything that is important to you like holiday visitation schedules and vacations. In the absence of such an agreement, you run the risk of your pet being awarded to your partner as part of a contested property settlement agreement.