Presented by Karis Nafte
Laws are slowly changing to recognize that dogs, and all pets, are different from property and that their needs must be taken into account in court custody decisions. Lawyers have clients fighting over pet custody and divorce mediators are getting more and more requests for animal mediation.
However, while mediators are skilled in facilitating the best possible outcomes for their human clients, making sound recommendations around animal custody is not a simple matter. Judges, mediators, and lawyers require a special skill set when faced with a dog custody situation. Dogs may not be property, but they are not the same as children either.
Karis Nafte brings a unique background to the divorce mediation circle. She has spent more than 25 years working with families and dogs as an animal behaviorist and dog trainer and is also a divorce mediator. Karis brings her years of experience of helping dogs after divorce when the wrong custody decision had been made, and she combines that with her work now as an outside expert during divorce so that the dog’s needs are understood early in the process.
Workshops will be kept to a maximum of 10, providing participants a chance to ask questions relevant to their practice.