Lake County Pet Custody Lawyer

German ShepherdPets are extensions of our families. They greet us when we get home, keep us company when we feel alone and are a constant source of joy in our lives. Because of this, it is easy to understand why dogs, cats and other pets become a source of contention in divorce.

My name is Tom Gurewitz. I understand the strong bond that most people form with their pets. I bring my dogs TJ and Henry to work with me in Waukegan every day. They are an important and irreplaceable member of my family, as your pet may be to you.

Unfortunately, when it comes to divorce, Illinois classifies pets as property — just like a piece of furniture or a bank account. While I find this outrageous and am actively seeking to have the law changed, today I help families find the best solutions for them under the existing laws.

Making The Right Decisions For You And Your Pet

Although some couples decide that one of them will have sole custody of the pet after their divorce, many choose to create a pet custody plan. I have extensive experience helping families determine the best way to share custody of domestic pets. As your attorney, some of the factors I will take into consideration when helping you create a plan are:

  • The custody schedule of your children, if you have them
  • Your personal schedules
  • The roles each spouse played in the day-to-day life of your pet

Once I understand your situation and your goals, I will work closely with your spouse's lawyer to negotiate a plan that is fair and in the best interests of all involved.

Get In Touch With Me Today

I offer free initial consultations. To begin discussing your pet custody matter, please schedule an appointment via email or call my office at 847-693-7371. We are located across from the Lake County Courthouse, and there is parking available behind the building.