I have been a big fan of yours since “A Walk To Remember” but more than your work in Hollywood, I admire you even more for your love and care for rescue animals. I can only imagine what an amazing pet parent you are to your cats Theo and Vincent, Maddie and Addison and 3 feral cats, in addition to your 2 dogs, Joni and Jackson.
Like many of your fans, my heart breaks to hear about your divorce. I hope that in this difficult time, you find comfort with your family, your furry family and friends.
After news broke in Hollywood circles, pet lovers and Tangled fans are now wondering what will happen to your pets pending your divorce. Like many individuals going through divorce, pet custody will be a big issue in your divorce as I am sure they have become your “children” and are an integral part of your life.
As a fan and family law attorney, may I offer some suggestions on how to make this transition easier?
In divorce, many pet parents make the hard decision on who gets the family pet after the end of the relationship. It’s the “practical” thing to do for many pet parents. However, dividing pets in a divorce may not always be the answer, especially if you have a “little zoo” of pets that are tightly bonded with each other. One suggestion then, is to create a pet parenting plan that allows you and Ryan to share custody of your pets following your divorce. A creative pet parenting plan could mean all of your pets spend one week with you and then the next week with Ryan. Or it could mean the pets are with you during the week and with Ryan on weekends.
Essentially, a pet parenting plan could be anything you and Ryan agree to. What’s important however, is that pet parenting plans allows you and Ryan to continue your role as parents to your beloved animals. Divorce doesn’t mean your role as a pet parent ends after the demise of the relationship. If anything, a creative pet parenting plan allows you to continue to be the wonderful pet parents that you are and maintain this relationship with your furry friends.
A pet parenting plan will also give your pets a sense of stability now that their living environment is changing. And a good way to determine if your pets are adjusting well to a parenting plan is to observe any changing behaviors. Over time, you and Ryan will settle into a pet parenting plan that works for you and your pet family.
I only wish you the best and many continued success in your career and personal life. You are already a role model in Hollywood, but as a pet advocate, you will set a wonderful standard for many other pet parents dealing with pet custody issues in divorce.
Family Law Attorney