Why do pets matter in divorce?


Karis Nafte – The Pet Custody Consultant on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” with Debra Hamilton Podcast #148

August 20, 2020


Divorce is often confusing, frustrating, and acrimonious. It’s hard to figure out how to move forward when you never planned for life without your spouse. Too often divorcing couples weaponize pet custody. Unfortunately, they don’t realize that their pets don’t hate their ex and forget to consider what kind of custody situation would be in the best interest of their animals.


Karis has masterfully combined her expertise with animal behavior and deep understanding of human behavior to help separating couples make good choices for themselves and their animals. 


About Karis Nafte:

Animals are not possessions, nor are they children. They fall into their own unique category that requires a delicate and considered approach when it comes to the issue of custody. For couples who are divorcing and have pets, Karis provides a specialized service offering expert guidance about custody decisions for their dogs, cats and other companion animals.


Karis brings twenty-five years of experience as a professional animal behaviorist,  she provides a neutral, supportive position between the separating couple while keeping the animal’s perspective in the forefront. Even for couples who are working amicably through their divorce, the emotional component surrounding beloved pets can complicate what is an inevitably difficult time. 

To learn more about Karis and the work she does, please 



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