What will happen to my pets after the divorce?
Although pets are living and breathing beings, Texas laws do not recognize pets as akin to family members. Instead, Texas courts consider pets community assets that can be divided during a divorce.
Example 1: Logan owns a dog. Later, Logan marries his wife, Janise. If Logan and Janise file for a divorce, the dog will be considered Logan’s separate property, since he owned the dog before he was married.
Example 2: Peter and Mary have no pets. After they get married, Peter and Mary adopt a cat. If Peter and Mary file for a divorce, the court will place a value on their cat and their cat will be divided as part of the community property.
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