Did you know that, in the eyes of the law, your pets are considered property? This means that if you are getting divorced, your beloved animal companion could be part of a property division settlement rather than a custody agreement.
In times of divorce, people walk into our family law office with questions of whether or not we believe their Property Settlement Agreement or Marital Settlement Agreement is fair and equitable, unfortunately after they have already signed the document and it has become a legally binding document enforceable by the Court. As a general rule, do not sign a settlement proposal such as a Property Settlement Agreement or a Marital Settlement Agreement until you have had the opportunity to review it with an experienced matrimonial attorney. In addition, after the settlement proposal is signed, it is very difficult and often impossible, to undo any damage that leaves you in an unfair position regarding, for instance, payment of alimony, child support or your share of assets from the marriage.