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Prenups can express wishes relating to furry, feathered concerns

Many people assume the process of divorce can be divided into two distinct areas: the emotional concerns of child custody and visitation, and the more administrative issues such as property division. However, in Texas as well as other states, deciding who gets what can be quite emotionally-charged as well.

Take, for instance, the issue of the family pet. Many Americans consider pets a part of the family, and letting another person take their cherished animal can prove devastating. In some divorces, a couple will come to an agreement on their own regarding who gets the dog, cat, or other furry friend. Some couples might concur that the pet is better-off with one person or the other, while some former partners may arrange informal visits. Sometimes, though, bitter disputes can erupt over the animal's post-divorce ownership if no prenuptial agreement addresses the topic.

A Montana man lost his pet macaw - a large, colorful bird - in a contentious divorce over five years ago. However, a friend of the man was visiting an exotic bird sanctuary recently and spotted the animal. He alerted his divorced friend, who was skeptical at first that it was the same bird. However, he eventually persuaded the owner of the sanctuary that it was his former pet, for which he had been searching ever since the split.

According to the San Diego Zoo, macaws can live up to 50 years. It doesn't need to take that long to answer the question of who gets the pet after a divorce. An experienced Texas family law attorney can help couples jointly craft a prenuptial agreement covering this topic. For couples who are already married, a post-nuptial agreement can accomplish the same task.

Source: The Houston Chronicle, "Mont. Man reunited with bird he lost in a divorce," April 22, 2013

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