I’ve written before about the custody of pets in a divorce. Historically, in a divorce, the law has treated pets as property no different than how a toaster or a car is treated. That concept is slowly changing. As any pet lover would say, pets are a part of the...
Pets are owned by 68% of Americans. I’ve written before about how pets are treated in divorce: as property. The law in all states looks at your cat, dog, parrot, hamster, snake, etc. no differently than your toaster, house or credit card debt. Courts around...
Earlier this year, I posted about a “wrongful death” case regarding a beloved family dog. Today, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a decision in this case. The court upheld Georgia precedent and what a majority of the state courts have held: animals are...
How does the law look at pets? Traditionally, many cases have stated that pets are property, just like the couch the pets sleeps on. This offends the many people who think of their pets as children, as a part of the family. The bond between pet and owner(s) can be...
Mediation Quick Facts:
A mediated divorce often costs less than 1/3rd of a litigated divorce
Mediation can finalize a divorce in much less time than litigation -- months versus years
You lose none of your rights by mediating
Mediation is confidential
Make decisions about your future for yourself
Parties are more satisfied with terms they agree to in mediation than terms imposed by a court
Agreements obtained through mediation are far less likely to end up back in court
Mediation is a forward-looking process (where do you go from here)
Mediation can be used to resolve many types of disputes, including the dissolutions of gay and lesbian (same-sex) relationships, civil unions, domestic partnerships and commercial and community disputes
Mediation allows you to get on with your life more quickly