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Pets and Domestic Violence in NJ

Pets and Domestic Violence in NJ

Pets have long been neglected members of society. Pet owners tend to love their pets like children but non-pet owners often see pets as disposable items to be discarded at will. Long ago the Courts addressed the issue of leaving money to pets in a will and more recently the Courts have been addressing the issue of pets in matrimonial actions. Often those who have pets do not wish to give them up in a divorce situation. Now the courts will treat the pets as children, to some degree, in the event that the parties wish to do so and will make decisions as to custody and allocation of expenses for veterinary bills and the like.

Most recently pets have been afforded new protections in NJ by virtue of a bill addressing domestic violence issues. Now, in the event someone is convicted of domestic violence, they are prohibited from having contact with the victim’s pets or making decisions as to what happens to the pets. If you are involved in a domestic violence dispute in NJ you should consult with an attorney to protect yourself and your pets. For more information on domestic violence in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com.

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