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ON DEMAND: What Marriage Story Left Out: Disputes Over Pet Custody

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Run Time: 94 Minutes

**This is a previously recorded program, originally recorded on July 23, 2020.

In most households, pets are part of the family. But if a family splits in two, what happens to the dogs, cats, and other beloved animals who lived with the couple? Our panelists will answer that question in this evolving area of law. We’ll discuss pet visitation privileges, the interplay between child and pet custody, drafting a settlement agreement to protect the welfare of family pets, and even creating a “pet-nuptial agreement.” We’ll also examine the consequences that occur based on the status a state bestows on pets. How does the outcome change when the best interests of the pets are taken into account instead of applying the traditional inquiry treating them only as property? Given the number of legal and practical challenges, this will be a lively discussion of these fraught, high-stakes proceedings.

Sponsored by: Animal Law Committee of the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community
Related Communities of Interest: All D.C. Bar Communities

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  • Emily Gelmann, Offit Kurman
  • Samantha Kravitz, Markham Law Firm
  • Judith del Cuadro-Zimmerman, Zimmerman & Mount, PLLC
  • Kelly Whittier, Director for Communications and Senior Legislative Aide, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3)
  • Greg Lipper, Partner, Clinton & Peed (Moderator)
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