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Animals Custody Cases: What happens to pets in Divorce?

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Should We Treat Pets as Children? A look into the rise of animal custody cases.

The division of assets and property are perhaps the most hotly contested issues when it comes to settling a divorce, especially when there are no minor children involved.  But what about the dog you purchased right after you got married, or the cat you adopted when you moved in together? Who will get the little “baby” after the divorce? Animals custody cases are becoming an increasingly prevalent issue in our nation, and Illinois is no exception. Dog and cat ownership in the United States has quadrupled since the 1960s, and what we spend on our pet is more than double what it was in the 2000s. While there has been a large increase in pet ownership, legislatures have been reluctant to write statutes determining how to award pet custody in family law cases. read more

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