Who keeps the pets after a divorce under Arizona law?

Posted at 10:00 PM, Aug 09, 2018

In recent years, Arizona divorce rates have outpaced much of the nation.

While coming to terms on custody of children and an equitable split of property can be tough, determining who gets to keep the family pet is another challenge.

Under Arizona law, pets are treated as property.

If a couple can't come up with a solution on their own, a judge may consider several factors when it comes to who gets the family pet, including who initially acquired the pet, who paid for its care, what's in the best interest of the animal and the family as a whole.

Pets can also be included in a prenup cohabitation and final divorce agreements. But, family law attorneys will tell you, don't expect the courts to use their power to enforce a 'puppy pre-nup'.