Mediated Pet Custody Disputes

Mediation Portsmouth is a specialist in UK pet custody mediation. We have expertise resolving disputes involving dogs and other cherished pets. We understand the significance of pets to their owners and approach the challenge of how to care for pets during separation with sensitivity and practicality.

Despite the fact that we recognise that dogs are not human, when spouses split or divorce, there are several concerns regarding the care of pets, similar to child custody. Obviously, the law does not regard dogs the same way it does children, but at DMS we use a similar approach to that used for children when advising couples establish custody agreements for their pets. In mediation, we acknowledge what it is like to lose touch with your pet, and the issues we evaluate are far broader than those addressed by the courts. The law considers a pet to be a chattel, or a piece of property, and determines ownership based on who has made the greater financial investment in the animal. In mediation, we explore deeper and utilise the pet’s best interests as a starting point to assist you in determining a just conclusion.

Care for your pet

When a separation occurs, DMS mediators understand that animals might experience the same anxiety as humans. Kids may suffer a change in domicile, a decrease in time spent with certain family members, or a modification to their schedule. There may be no apparent change for the pet, but they certainly sense the tension between their owners. Those seeking custody of a pet may be startled to learn about the effects reported by animal behaviourists. Unlike children, dogs may find it difficult to adjust to joint custody, but they are more tolerant of the loss of their former owner, mourning for a shorter period of time. Although every pet is unique, we advise you to set up a trial time in mediation to see how it works for your pet.

Using your pet as leverage

Separation is never an easy process for all parties involved. Coming to grips with the demise of a relationship is often characterized by recriminations and regret. When a pet is engaged in the grieving process, it could be used as weapons against such a former or a means of retaining control over the ex-partner while the sorrow is being handled. Before engaging in lengthy conversations about finances and other future arrangements, mediators would always propose that children and pets be discussed first. It is an act of compassion to pick your pet’s destiny based on where they will get the finest care.

Your devotion to your pet.

One of the few locations where you will be able to securely express the intensity of your feelings for your pet is during mediation. It will be discussed between you and your ex-partner under the guidance of a third-party mediator. The procedure remains centred on the location where your pet will get exercise, food, medical treatment, and human companionship. Mediation will consider who has been responsible for their care in the past, if they are related to other animals or family members, the dog’s breed, age, disposition, and history of maltreatment.

Mediation procedure

While the problem of the pet often arises in the context of a broader discussion of arrangements upon separation, it is essential that the law be thoroughly studied, and concerns of ownership, abandonment, and other factors will need to be negotiated as part of the custody agreement. This is especially true if one party has shown a desire to initiate legal action to establish ownership. By attempting to put oneself in the shoes of the other party, mediation helps parties to make their own choice on a fair resolution. This might be challenging when a pet has become a friend in their own right, but when negotiating the care of a beloved animal, it is frequently feasible to emphasise the need to look ahead and welcome change.

What makes mediation work?

One of the queries addressed by individuals unfamiliar with mediation is if an agreement struck is enforceable. In contrast to a court, mediators cannot issue ownership determination orders. Through the use of a Statutory Declaration, it is possible to document the conditions of an agreement reached during a mediation session. In contrast to the conversations and notes made during the mediation session, which are secret and legally protected, a Statutory Declaration, signed by both parties, is vital proof that the parties have reached an agreement.

Pets matter

The mediators at DMS are aware of this fact. The practise of mediating with your ex-spouse may be used to address the changes that are occurring in a manner that pushes you both to understand what the future holds for you both.

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