Who will be financially responsible for the dogs?
If you share time or ownership of your dogs, you could agree to share financial responsibility too. There are many creative ways divide doggie costs. You could agree to divide vet bills equally, or divide in proportion to your incomes, or one spouse can assume full responsibility for vet bills.
You could also agree to divide costs in proportion to the amount of time you spend with the dogs. Creative agreements are also possible on issues such as food costs and grooming.
Before you begin your divorce path, remember that you both have an interest in keeping conflict low during your divorce—for the well-being of your children and your dogs. You can choose a healthier divorce process in divorce mediation, and avoid a harmful litigated court battle.
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