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Mandy Walker

Conversations About Divorce – Are You Worried About Losing Your Dog In Your Divorce?

With over 63 percent of American households owning pets, including over 44 million dogs, the possibility of losing your pet in your divorce is an issue that’s facing more and more couples and just as with the kids, with pets the emotions can and do run high sometimes ending in the courtroom with no-win decisions.

So how real is this issue and what should you do if you are divorcing and love your daily walks with your dog?

Karen Covy is a Chicago-based lawyer, mediator and educator and has dealt with a number of pet custody situations.

Join us as we discuss:

  • How courts typically view pets – are they property or companions?
  • How couples can get creative in sharing their pets,
  • If you are going to share, why you need your agreement in writing and what that agreement needs to cover, and
  • If pets can suffer emotionally when their owners divorce.

Karen has a free video outlining the first steps to take when thinking about or facing divorce, available at In her video, you’ll discover the first 3 steps you need to take BEFORE you see a divorce lawyer, and how to start your divorce the right way, so that it doesn’t go the wrong way from the start. Karen also shares her secrets for how you can get through their divorce with the least amount of damage to yourself and your children.

She is a popular speaker and has been featured on the Channel 7 News, WCIU You and Me This Morning, as well as numerous radio shows. She is the author of the popular book, When Happily Ever After Ends: How to Survive Your Divorce Emotionally, Financially and Legally. She also writes regularly for,, and YourTango, as well as on her own website at

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