Protecting Your Fur Baby During A Divorce

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CHARLOTTE – At Passionate Paws Animal Hospital, fur babies are truly part of the family. However, the law has not caught up to that sentiment quite yet. Animals in the eyes of the court system are still considered property.

Lindsey A. Easterling, Managing Attorney of Easterling Law, PLLC with her fur baby.

As Lindsey A. Easterling, Managing Attorney of Easterling Law, PLLC emphasizes, “It is really not fair. The law should probably change. Especially with our culture and how we love and revere our pets.”

However, until it does change, Lindsey warns pet parents to look out for these (3) signs that might be very strong indicators that your pet could be in danger now or after your relationship ends.

1) Trust your gut. Just like our four legged friends, our instincts can alert us to danger.

2) Your partner has demonstrated violence towards animals in the past.

3) Your partner has made threats (emotionally or physically) towards you.

Lindsey also goes on to give some great advice on how to protect your pet if you notice any of the above warning signs. “Possession is 9/10 of the law. If you think your marriage or relationship might end, having your animal with you and in your possession is powerful. That way you have control,” Lindsey states.

Beyond ensuring that you have physical possession she also recommends the following:

  1. Register your fur baby in your name.
  2. Have records showing that you were the primary caretaker such as veterinary visits, paying for their food, and buying their prescriptions.
  3. Address pets in your prenuptial agreement. 
  4. In extremely urgent situations, you can get possession of your pets through a domestic violence protection order (50B), or an emergency temporary restraining order can be issued.

For help protecting your family, contact Lindsey and her team at

Passionate Paws Animal Hospital is a proud member of the Union County Chamber of Commerce.

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