Cheryl Burke Awarded Custody of Dog Amid Matthew Lawrence Divorce

Cheryl Burke was granted custody of her dog Ysabella, with her ex-husband Matthew Lawrence relinquishing ownership rights ahead of their trial over the pup. Here’s what the DWTS alum is saying.

By Angie Orellana Hernandez Jan 17, 2023 10:06 PMTags
Watch: Cheryl Burke Wins Custody of Dog in Matthew Lawrence Divorce

Cheryl Burke has received paw-some news.

The former Dancing With the Stars pro has obtained custody of her beloved French Bulldog, Ysabella, on Jan. 13, according to court documents obtained by E! News. Per the court order, her ex-husband Matthew Lawrence agreed to transfer any documents related to the ownership of Ysabella to Cheryl.

Cheryl celebrated the decision—which arrives four months after she settled her divorce with the Boy Meets World alum—on Instagram, sharing photos of herself and Ysabella on a sunset walk along the beach.

She captioned the Jan. 16 post, "Officially a FULL TIME dog mom… 2023, we're off to a great start!"

Cheryl filed for divorce in February 2022 after three years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. The former couple finalized their divorce in September.

As part of their divorce settlement, the pair agreed to evenly split their two properties, according to legal documents obtained by E! News in September, and neither Cheryl of Matthew requested spousal support.

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However, at the time the two had not made the decision about who would keep Ysabella.


In October, Cheryl discussed the possibility of going to court in January over custody of Ysabella, saying she was "just still really hurt by the whole situation."

"You know, that's my dog," she said in an episode of her Burke in the Game podcast. "Ysabella is my daughter. I'm a dog mom. And that's it. I can't even imagine my life. I mean, I could just cry right now but like, couldn't imagine my life without her."

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