Custody of pets


Dear Marlee:

Greetings. Since he does not want them, I am not sure what the problem is. Since you have the property, there is little chance that a court would grant the property to him, especially since it is your hobby and you care for the animals. You may have to give your spouse an equal amount of property for the value of the parrots and cages…but that sounds like a small price to pay. Hope that helps.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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Hello - Happy holidays. I have 2 exotic parrots that I purchased, along with 2 expensive cages. I consider them my children. My husband moved out 3 months ago and says that he doesn’t want them when we create our separation agreement. He has not contributed to their cost, their upkeep, or asked to see them since he’s moved out. I know the law states pets are ‘property’. He knows this is one of the only things I WILL NOT give up so he can make things difficult financially for me. Is there any law that falls in my favor or any advice you can give me besides give him what he wants to prevent this? I am sick over this possible issue. thanks.