Law Office of Kevin Jensen - April 2019

What Happens to Your Pet When You Divorce Who Gets Fido?

As a pet owner, you probably adore your furry companion. They are part of the family, and when your family is going through a divorce, deciding who gets to keep the pet can be tricky. For some divorcing spouses, the decision is easy. For others, deciding who gets to keep Fido or Fluffy can become a battle.

home where the children will be primarily living. This will make the emotional processing and aftermath of divorce easier for your children. Additionally, we often advise couples to consider what would be the best situation and living environment for the pet. If deciding who gets the pet is too difficult, you can have a judge or a mediator make a decision for you. Some couples also attempt to file for joint custody of their pet, but this is not a solution we suggest. This makes moving on after the dissolution of your marriage more difficult, and it could possibly further complicate your situation.

So, that begs the question: Who keeps the pet?

According to Arizona State Law, a pet is viewed as property. Because of this, an animal’s placement after a divorce is decided similarly to other assets and properties. This is hard for pet lovers to digest because, for most people, it’s hard to understand how something so lovable, sweet, and living could be considered property. Keep in mind, they will not be treated with any disrespect, and most judges don’t consider your dog to be just like your home. They understand this “property” has special, emotional meaning. At The Law Offices of Kevin Jensen, we offer a few suggestions for clients arguing over a pet. If children are involved, we often advise couples to place the pet in the

Your pets are like family, and we understand they are more than property to you. Our experts at The Law Offices of Kevin Jensen can advise you on the best course of action when it comes to your pet’s well-being — and many other aspects of life — after a divorce. Give us a call at 408.632.7373 or visit JensenLawAZ.com to learn more.

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With no fancy sauces, no frills, and no cheese, these All- American burgers are perfect for the start of baseball season.

ingredients

• 1 pound ground chuck, 80 percent lean • 4 soft, white hamburger buns, split • 4 1/4-inch-thick tomato slices • 12–16 pickle rounds

• 4 small leaves iceberg lettuce • 4 1/4-inch-thick yellow onion slices

• 1 teaspoon vegetable oil • Salt and pepper, to taste • Condiments of your choice

directions 1. Lightly grease a small nonstick skillet with oil. Heat over medium-high. 2. While heating, gently shape meat into four patties 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Be careful to handle the meat as little as possible to prevent tough burgers. Season liberally with salt and pepper. 3. Sear patties on each side, about 1 minute per side. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until desired doneness, about 1 more minute per side for medium- rare, 2 more per side for medium-well. 4. Let meat rest for a minimum of 3 minutes. 5. To assemble, place patty on bottom bun and top with tomato, pickles, lettuce, and onion (in that order). Spread condiments on top half of bun and place on top of onion. Serve.

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