Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd.
Contact Us Today For a Free Consultation
847-459-4448
View Our Practice Areas

Illinois divorce, property division and pet custody

They are a part of the family. In many Illinois homes, the dog and/or cat are considered to be a vital family member. While they do require food, love, medical attention and more, they often give so much more to the family. The state of Illinois has recognized that pets are an integral part of the family and has recently begun addressing pets as a custody issue rather than a property division one when couples divorce.

In many cases, the family pet is treated as if it were one of the children. This is even more prevalent in homes where there are no children present. The "parents" take time to play with and even plan their schedules around the pet's needs. Sitters are hired to take care of the beloved pet when the family will be away for an extended period, and in some instances, the pet has his or her own play area, car seat and more.

In some homes, only one family member has developed an attachment to the pet. In other homes, both "parents" have formed a bond. Then, when the couple decides to divorce, the question of who gets custody of the pet can become an issue.

Illinois judges now have legislative guidance regarding pets when it comes to divorce. Until recently, pets were considered in the property division portion of the agreement. Now, when the couple is unable to decide who should receive custody, the judge may look at a variety of factors, including the day-to-day care and well-being of the pet. As with all parts of the divorce process, the individual will want to work with experienced legal counsel in achieving a result that best meets the individual's and the pet's needs.

Source: 6abc.com, "Judge to decide pet custody for divorcing couples in Illinois", Dec. 27, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • The Chicago Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association | 1912
  • 10 Best | 2015 - 2019 | Attorney Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • DBR | Chamber of Commerce | Deerfield | Bannockburn | Riverwoods

Tell Us About Your Experience

Review Us
Email Our Attorneys

Contact The Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Wheeling Office
395 East Dundee Road, Suite 200
Wheeling, IL 60090

Phone: 847-459-4448
Fax: 847-459-8548
Map & Directions

Libertyville Office
611 S. Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 4
Libertyville, IL 60048

Phone: 847-281-0200
Map & Directions

Buffalo Grove Office
355 W Dundee Rd
Suite 100
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Phone: 847-459-4448
Map & Directions