Many families in New Jersey have cats, dogs or other pets. These animals often become treasured parts of a family and children as well as adults can feel deep emotional bonds with their pets. When a couple gets divorced, the decision about what to do with a pet can therefore become very challenging. Many people find themselves fighting with their spouse for custody of their pets.
The New York Times notes that in 2014, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers conducted a survey and found that in the previous five years, the number of pet custody cases during divorces had risen by 27 percent. Just last year, nearby Rhode Island saw the introduction of a pet custody bill into the legislature. These facts highlight the importance of identifying pet ownership after a couple splits up.