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Pet Peeves: Everything Divorcing Pet Owners Need to Know

Pet Peeves: Everything Divorcing Pet Owners Need to Know

In Colorado, there are no pet-specific custody laws. If divorcing couples can’t agree on pet ownership, the judge is required to treat pets as property (rather than as children) and each pet will be kept by only one spouse. If the judge is left to decide the fate of your pup or goldfish, the spouse who doesn’t get to keep the pet will not be allowed to see the pet without permission from the owner spouse.  If one of you owned your beloved poodle before the marriage, Colorado law requires that Fido be treated as that person’s separate property. In that case, the judge cannot award Fido to the other party. However, if your kitty was acquired during the marriage, because there are no pet-specific custody laws, each judge…