Non-Marital and Pre-Marital Pet Contracts

Disputes over pet ownership are increasingly common following a break-up and can be very costly for all involved. As a result, all couples, regardless of marital status, should consider entering into a contract that provides for pet ownership and pet custody should the relationship later end.

According to statistics, 85% of couples break-up every year, and of those broken couples, many share a pet together. Unfortunately, very few of those pet-sharing couples have a contract in place outlining pet ownership and custody following the break-up.

Couples who do not have a contract describing pet ownership and custody following a break-up may suffer a series of negative consequences. These consequences may include, but are not limited to:

  • Temporary separation from your pet
  • Permanent separation from your pet
  • Loss of time with your pet
  • Litigation
  • Attorney fees

Negative consequences may result because the parties cannot amicably decide who will retain custody of a pet and when; the parties cannot decide ownership of the pet; one party wrongfully withholds the pet from the other; and the court is forced to get involved to resolve the above disputes.

Thus, while sharing a pet with your significant other may seem like a safe decision during your relationship, this decision may have costly consequences down the road. It is therefore wise to enter into an agreement that describes exactly what will happen with respect to your pet, should your relationship later end.

At Berman & Asbel, LLP our attorneys are skilled in crafting legally binding non-marital and pre-marital pet contracts that will perfectly describe what will happen with your pet should your relationship dissolve. To meet with one of our animal law attorneys, contact us online or call 484-842-0276 to schedule an initial consultation.