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Who Will Get The Pets In Your Divorce?

Going through the process of a divorce is a complex and emotional journey, and determining the future of your beloved pets can add an additional layer of sensitivity and challenge. At Hecht & Associates, LLC, we understand that pets are not just animals; they are cherished members of the family. With over 20 years of experience serving the families of Montgomery and Howard counties and surrounding counties in Maryland, our firm is well-equipped to handle the delicate matter of who gets the pets after a divorce.

Understanding Your Furry Friends’ Future

Our lead attorney, Spencer Hecht, brings more than two decades of legal experience to the table, with a proven track record in both the courtroom and negotiation settings. Our firm’s attorneys are known for their aggressive approach to protecting our clients’ rights, whether that involves vigorous agreement negotiations or presenting your case before a judge and jury.

When it comes to dividing assets and determining who gets the pets, we focus on finding solutions that serve the best interests of our clients and their animal companions. We take into consideration:

  • The well-being of the pets
  • Each party’s relationship with the pets
  • The ability of each party to care for the pets

Our goal is to reach a fair agreement that respects the emotional bonds you have with your pets, whether they are dogs, cats or horses. We recognize that for many of our clients, horses and some select-breed dogs are not only pets but also represent a significant investment of time, money and passion. A horse or a show dog can seem like a family member as well as being a ticket to future financial gain in some cases.

Reaching A Settlement Outside the Courtroom

While our attorneys are fierce advocates in the courtroom, we understand the benefits of settling divorce matters outside of court when possible. This often leads to more amicable agreements and can be especially important when deciding on the future of your pets. By settling outside of court, you maintain more control over the outcome and can tailor the agreement to better suit the needs of your pets and your family.

Our Approach To Pet Custody

At Hecht & Associates, our attorneys employ a combination of experience, aggressive negotiation tactics, and draw on a reputation built on years of successful outcomes for our clients. Below are some of the factors we consider in pet custody cases:

  • Who has been the primary caretaker of the pet?
  • What has the pet’s daily routine been like and who can best maintain it?
  • Who has typically managed veterinary care?
  • What living arrangements are most suitable for each pet post-divorce?

After gathering evidence in support of particular answers, we advocate for their desired outcomes, usually in settlement conferences. We are dedicated to helping clients arrive at a resolution that acknowledges the unique place pets hold in our lives.

Get Started Now Discovering The Way Forward

Divorce is never easy, and the question of who gets the pets can be particularly challenging. Let the trusted attorneys at Hecht & Associates guide you through this process with compassion and determination. Our firm is here to fight for your rights and ensure that your beloved pets receive the care and consideration they deserve.

For personalized assistance and to discuss the specifics of your situation, please email us or call us at 301-861-4797. We are ready to stand by your side and advocate for you and your pets’ best future.