Owning a pet is common in Florida and other states. Because dogs are known for their companionship, many couples own one or more dogs. Whether a spouse had the dog prior to the marriage, or the couple acquired the dog during the marriage, it is likely that both spouses have bonded with the dog. In fact, when divorce befalls the couple, it is likely that a dispute will erupt over who gets the dog.
Even though dogs are often treated like a member of the family, they are unfortunately, treated like property. That means the couple will not have to decide on a custody plan for the dog, but go through the property division process to determine who will end up with the dog.