Divorcing the person that you thought you would spend the rest of your life together can prove highly emotional. However, once you remove your emotions from the equation, you need to work through untangling your assets and debts so you can move forward with your own life. While you may be able to divide some assets, such as, say, your home equity, without too much trouble, figuring out what to do with others, such as a shared family pet, can prove far more difficult.
Until recently, judges determining who gets to keep the family dog or pet in a divorce would typically view the pet in the same way he or she would other shared property, such as a motor vehicle or work of art. In recent years, though, many states have shifted how they handle pets in divorce, with many of them starting to view the pet more like they would a child, rather than an inanimate object.