Pet Custody Lawyer Chicago, IL
If you have concerns that your divorce, legal separation, or romantic split will result in a contentious battle over your beloved pet’s care, connect with an experienced pet custody lawyer Chicago, IL at Hurst, Robin & Kay, LLC to learn about your rights and options. Similarly, if you and your former significant other need to formalize an amicable agreement concerning your pet’s custody in the wake of a romantic split, our team can assist you with those needs as well.
If you and your former significant other are in agreement about who should retain custody of your pet and on what terms, our Chicago, IL pet custody lawyer team can help you to formalize your agreement. It may seem extreme, upon first glance, to formalize the legal custody of a pet when both parties are in agreement as to how the situation should be handled. However, even people with the best of intentions can find themselves involved in a suddenly – and unexpectedly – heated disagreement over matters that had seemed settled only days before. By formalizing your agreement and making it legally-enforceable, you’ll provide stability to your custody situation and clarity of expectation moving forward.
Pet Custody Considerations During Divorce
It is important to understand that, in Illinois, pets are considered property under the law. This means that, in the event of contested custody concerns regarding your pet, an Illinois family law judge will treat your pet as property. Meaning, the settlement of who should retain ownership of your pet will remain subject to the marital property division laws upheld by the state of Illinois.
Don’t panic if you’re unfamiliar with these standards. Understanding the ins and outs of the law is our job and the team at Hurst, Robin & Kay, LLC will be happy to explore what this situation may mean for you and your pet. It is worth noting that if either you or your spouse adopted your pet prior to your marriage and that adoptive pet parent remains the pet’s primary caregiver, that caregiver will have very strong grounds upon which to argue that they should retain the pet as property post-divorce.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you’re unsure of whether you need an attorney to help formalize or sort out your pet custody concerns, know that you can attend a risk-free, confidential legal consultation with the experienced Illinois legal team at Hurst, Robin & Kay, LLC with absolutely no strings attached to this meeting.
Members of our firm genuinely believe that unless individuals are permitted to both understand their rights under the law and exercise those rights accordingly, there is very little use in having rights in the first place. By asking questions and voicing concerns to our legal team, you’ll be empowered to make whatever decision is best for you and your pet as permitted by law. Connect with our Chicago, IL pet custody lawyer team to learn more. We look forward to speaking with you.