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Often times, pets can be used by a party in a divorce as a bargaining chip or as a means to inflict pain on the other party. N.J. Courts have held that while animals are property, they are not to be considered as if they were a piece of furniture or an automobile. They are recognized for their special subjective value to their human companions. A shared custody and visitation agreement can be prepared to permit couples to continue interacting with their animal friend.
The Court will not reward a party who uses a pet as a pawn in negotiation, such as they will not reward a person who uses a child as such. It is fortunate that N.J. Courts are now recognizing the rights of animals over the rights of the parties in pet custody cases.
If you need assistance with an pet law or pet custody arrangements, please contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Bloom today to schedule your initial consultation by calling (855) 208-3650. Mr. Bloom serves clients in Bergen County, Hudson County, West New York, and surrounding areas.