While people today are relying more and more on the internet as a social outlet, we are simultaneously experiencing a troublesome loss of privacy in cyberspace. Whether that text, post, chat, email or tweet is joyful news or a hissy fit, it flies off along some virtual superhighway and mysteriously finds its way to our friends as intended. Unfortunately, it gets captured along the way by all kinds of cyber-world entities we don’t even know.
And then it shows up in divorce court.
According to national statistics, 62% of homes have one or more pets. It is no surprise that divorce disputes about who gets the family pet are common – and they are often contentious. For most people, pets are an important part of the family, but for some, they are considered valued family members. Fights over pet custody can stall or even halt divorce settlement proceedings leaving no alternative but litigation to resolve the matter. If your pet is a valued part of your life, you should make your attorney aware of your feelings up front.
Parental Alienation (PA) is a term used to describe a mode of conduct in which one parent purposefully, and for no valid reason, distances his or her child from the other parent by denigrating or otherwise vilifying the other parent. The aim of the alienating parent is to “brainwash” the child into disliking and/or disrespecting the target parent, consequently damaging or destroying the relationship between them.