As a Dallas divorce and child custody attorney, I often get asked about who gets the family pet in a divorce. It’s a tough question, as many people consider their dog or other pets to be a beloved member of the family. However, in the state of Texas, pets are considered to be property, and as such, they are subject to the division of property just like any other asset.

If the pet was purchased prior to the marriage, it is considered separate property. If it was purchased during the marriage, it is considered community property, and the court will use the standard of what is a fair and just division of that property.

So, how do you determine who gets the pet in a divorce? The court will consider a number of factors, including who purchased the pet, who spent the most time with it, and who took care of the pet’s needs, such as vet visits and grooming appointments.

If you are going through a divorce and are concerned about who will get the family pet, it’s important to speak with a qualified divorce attorney. At the Blacknall Firm, we have experience handling these types of cases and can help you understand your rights and options. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.