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Can I keep my dog after my divorce?

Are you one of the many people who loves their dog but is facing an impending divorce? If so, you may well be concerned about what may happen to your dog. For couples without children especially, a dog can be thought of as their child and may well become a sticking point in a divorce. If both you and your spouse want to keep the dog, how do you think the decision may be made if you cannot agree?

Forbes explains that a few facts may be considered and these center largely around the different lifestyles you and your to-be former partner may live once you are living separately. This may include in part where each of you live. Will one of you live in a house with a yard and a pet door while the other one may live in a small second-floor apartment? Especially depending upon the size and breed of your dog, the house and yard may be a better situation for your dog.

Another issue may be your jobs. If one person travels frequently for work but the other one works locally or even from home, the latter could be identified as better for the pet. Consideration for who has historically taken care of the pet's needs such as purchasing food and managing vet appointments may also be given. 

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give divorcing Illinois spouses some things to consider and prepare themselves for when figuring out how to handle pet ownership during a divorce.

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