For some couples, pets might be as much a part of the family as children. If you and your spouse both want your puppy, what happens if you two split up? Usually the law treats pets as property-but there can also be a custody battle just like with children.
An Overview of the Divorce Process
Most people in Texas will only experience the judicial system through jury duty and/or divorce. While we all seem to know someone going through a divorce, very few understand the procedural mechanics of the divorce process. The attention given to Josh Hamilton's divorce last year highlights just how foreign this common event can be to the general public. Some news outlets gave a lot of attention to the fact that Josh Hamilton sought a restraining order (a "TRO") against his wife to prevent certain actions, yet most news anchors and other media personalities failed to explain that the terms in Josh Hamilton's TRO are quite standard. In fact, the only unusual request in Hamilton's petition is his request that his wife be prevented from involving the children in any reality TV show.