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Pets and property division -- staying out of court might be best

Most pet owners in West Virginia would agree that their pets are not property -- they are family. However, for the purpose of property division, state family law treats most people's four-legged babies as little more than another asset that must somehow be divvied up during proceedings. As attitudes towards animals are rapidly changing, some couples are opting to deal with their pet woes outside of the courtroom.

Property division may not be what you expect

Most people are quite attached their property, and understandably so. Whether it is the perfect couch that one spent months shopping for or a favorite book that holds a great deal of sentimental value, a person's property often feels like an extension of him or herself. This can make dealing with property division during divorce -- an already emotionally-trying process -- incredibly difficult. However, understanding how the process works in West Virginia can help ease most people's worries.

For a more successful property division, leave emotions out of it

Property, assets and personal items often have significant emotional value to the owner. However, few people in West Virginia realize just how strongly they feel about their things until they are in the middle of a divorce. Property division can be one of the most contentious issues you will deal with when ending your marriage. 

Millennials head off property division disputes with prenups

Delaying marriage in favor of advancing a career is perhaps as millennial as it gets. Many people in West Virginia want to have a more secure job and stronger financial foundation before tying the knot, which is understandable, but it can present problems. What is a person to do when he or she brings significant assets into a marriage? For most, a prenuptial agreement that addresses property division is the smartest approach. 

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