Pets aren’t just animals, they are integral members of our family.
We get that. Amongst our families are Laars (‘Moodle’) the Weimeraner, Phillip the Burmese, Sadie the Siamese, Rufus (‘Woof’) the Shih Tzu, Molly (‘Moff Moff’) the Cavoodle, Ruby Rose and Spike the Border Collies, Sophia, Leia, Blackie Greenfoot and Blackie Yellowfoot the chooks, Terry the farm cat, Walter the Poodle, Buddy (‘Bootylish’) the Staffy x Labrador, Humphrey the Labradoodle, Milli the British Shorthair, 100 worms called Trevor and the list goes on! The time, money and love which we pour into our pets makes them like children. With tails. And fur. Who drool.
For some couples, getting a pet is a stepping stone to having children or even an alternative. If you are going through a relationship breakdown it is important to have the right family lawyer, who understands your circumstances. Not all divorce lawyers appreciate the important role that your pet plays in your family.
The Family Law Act doesn’t address how pets should be dealt with during a relationship breakdown. Technically pets are property, just like the lawnmower or washing machine. But sometimes, that just doesn’t sit right.
You don’t have to settle for this traditional “property” approach for your furry or feathered friend. We are the best lawyers in Canberra for thinking outside the box. If you want week about time, visitation rights, shared pets bills (‘pet maintenance’), you name it, then we will help you reach an agreement that meets these needs.
On the other hand, if your romantic crush has just become serious but you want to make sure that there is no confusion over who Spot belongs to, then we can also help you get the right documents in place.
Contact one of our experienced family lawyers at Farrar Gesini Dunn to discuss how we can help you and your furry or feathered (or even scaled) friend with family law for pets.