Throughout the course of a marriage, many Maryland residents have likely collected a considerable amount of property. As a result, if the marriage comes to an end, property division may be a difficult process. This process may be a greater point of contention if pets are involved. Because many individuals do not look at their pets as property, they may want to determine the best course of action in determining post-divorce ownership.
A major aspect to consider when determining such ownership is who is more capable of caring for the pet. Pets often need space for exercise, time and attention, as well as having their daily needs met. Because pets require considerable care, financial aspects may also come into play. If one party is unable to provide for the pet as necessary, it may be unlikely that the individual will be able to maintain ownership.