Thomas M. Gurewitz, Attorney At Law

April 2019 Archives

Determining who gets the pet in a sticky divorce

When a couple is embroiled in their divorce in the state of Illinois, it is not uncommon to hear about negotiations about their children, their property and their assets. However, a troubling decision that is not often publicized is determining who gets the pet. For families who have beloved animals, what factors play into deciding the pet's fate? Who will he or she live with? Are pets treated like children in regard to their well-being and needs? 

Ways to help explain divorce to children

While individuals enter into marriage with a plan to stay together, the reality is that many Illinois couples decide that they are better apart than they are together. This can be an emotional time for both individuals, and particularly tough if children are involved. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were over 26,000 divorces in 2016, the last year that data was available. With this rate of divorce, thousands of children are left unsure of where they fit.

Understanding animal custody in Illinois

One of the most contentious aspects of divorce is the process of dividing marital property. Property acquired during a marriage can be wide-ranging, from homes and cars to artwork, jewelry and even pets. Assets that are sentimental in some way have the tendency to be difficult to divide, and perhaps nothing is as sentimental as the family pets.

What is considered marital property?

When filing for divorce in Illinois, there are some things you should keep in mind when it comes to dividing marital property. Marital property is divided in a fair and equitable fashion, meaning the judge will take in consideration several factors when determining who is entitled to what in the divorce settlement. You and your spouse are responsible for disclosing all property and assets in your possession. This includes contents of your checking and savings accounts, furniture, property and vehicles. However, there are some lesser known items that may get overlooked when it comes time to distribute marital property, or the property and assets that have been accumulated during the marriage.

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