From The Arkansas Lawyer Spring 2022
By Arkansas Bar Association
Written by Michelle Strause
Throughout American legal tradition, the family pet has been viewed as chattel.1 Courts have customarily treated the dog the same as the rocking chair or automobile in the context of divorce. Pets are an integral part of our individual households and pet popularity has continued to increase in our society.2
So, you have either been ordered to mediate by the Judge or you’ve agreed to mediate with your estranged spouse or former significant other. You’ve heard about this process, but know little or nothing. You’ve heard mediation works about 80% of the time. How do you make this process work for you?