This Week on Lawcall™ – Mom and the Law

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LawCall™ is a weekly, thirty minute call-in show about legal topics of interest. Each week, we discuss personal injury, auto accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, slip and fall, DUI accidents and birth injuries, as well as bankruptcy, family law, divorce, landlord and tenant law, dangerous and defective products, legislative matters, and current issues in the legal world. We take your calls LIVE every Sunday at 11:35pm. Call us at 1-877-525-LAWS (5297) during the show.

This Week On LawCall™ — Mom And The Law

Sunday is Mother’s Day. But, for Moms and Dads in the middle of a divorce or a child custody quarrel, the day might not be as happy as it should be. On Law Call this week we’re talking about how to get some legal help when dealing with divorce, child custody, child support or any family disagreement. How long does it take to get a divorce? Who will get custody of the kids? What about spousal support?

If you’re having a stressful Mother’s Day due to any family law issue, tune in to LawCall™ this Sunday, when Tallahassee personal injury attorney Jaseson Homola and his guest, attorney Jerry Rumph, will answering your questions about family law issues – like divorce, child custody and child support.

Who Gets The Dog?

The State of Florida has a lengthy statute about divorce. (You can view it here.) But, in dividing up the assets of marriage, there might be some that aren’t so easily divided. What happens when you have pets, and both parties want them?

Bloomberg News has a very good story about what happens to the family pet when its owners divorce.

“Almost 80 million U.S. households, or roughly two-thirds, own a pet, according to a 2015 survey from the American Pet Products Association. For every five American couples who get married in a given year, two couples get divorced. At a time when Americans increasingly are delaying having children, pets can be the most crucial question raised by a divorce or breakup: Who gets custody of the companion animals? Yet courts have little to say on the issue.

Traditionally, the law sees pets as property, no different from a couch or a house plant. That can feel bizarre, given that the average dog or cat has a market value of zero—and, in fact, can cost thousands of dollars to feed, walk, and keep healthy. But emotional attachment can turn a beloved pet into a valuable bargaining chip in divorce negotiations.”If you have a pet and are struggling with who gets custody of him, its a good idea to try to work out your differences with the help of your lawyer. It won’t be the first time your family law attorney has worked to mediate custody of a pet. After all, the courts might consider a pet to be “property”, but pet owners know that Fido is part of the family.

LawCall™ features Tallahassee personal injury attorneys, Vinse Barrett, Jimmy Fasig, Dana Brooks, Mark Nonni and Jaeson Homola, plus guest attorneys from across North Florida who answer your questions on a different legal topic every Sunday. Long-time newscaster Frank Ranicky anchors the program.