Who gets to keep the dog after a breakup?
Who gets to keep the dog after a breakup? In the event of a simple breakup, the person who bought the dog usually gets to keep possession. The exception is when the dog was bought as a clear gift to the other partner. In that case, the dog may belong to the recipient.
What determines dog ownership? You view your pet as a member of the family, maybe even your best friend, but animal law views them as personal property. This means you may need proof of legal ownership. Proof of ownership can be as simple as your adoption record from the local shelter or as complex as the AKC registration record.
Do dogs have custody? Pets are property.
Therefore, despite the popularity of terms like “pet custody” or “dog custody,” there really is no “custody” battle over pets. At least, it is no more of a custody battle than you would have a custody battle over a flat-screen TV. The legal dispute is not for custody; it is for rightful ownership.
Are pets considered property in Illinois? Pets are technically considered property, but under Illinois law, they are treated differently than a house, car, or other physical assets during a divorce. Therefore, it is important for pet owners who are divorcing to understand their rights regarding who gets to keep the family pet.