Pet Custody: Fighting Over Fido & Fluffy

Posted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on April 25, 2008

There’s a reason a song named, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" was written – because, as so many of us know, breaking up is indeed really hard to do! If going through the emotional part of a break up wasn’t hard enough, so many times "the stuff" accumulated during the relationship must be divvied up between the parting parties – sometimes taking the form of an overflowing box of "stuff" owned by one of the parties, tossed out haphazardly onto the front lawn. C’est la vie – such is life.

However, things can become more complicated when companion animals are involved. A story published by Reuters yesterday reports that an increasing number of couples who split up are less concerned about who gets the cutlery and more concerned about custody of Cuddles, the cat.

An excerpt from the article:

"With pets being treated more as one of the family than just an animal, the fate of Fido or Cuddles is becoming a growing problem which lawyers are taking on board, drafting "petimony" contracts and sparking a new focus on animal law issues." Read more…

If you’re involved in a custody dispute, or if such a dispute is likely, be sure to check out ALDF’s pet custody resource page for helpful tips.

If you are an attorney handling a pet custody case, ALDF may be able to file an amicus curiae brief in your case, arguing that the best interests of the animal involved be considered in determining custody. Email us if you are an attorney requesting this type of assistance.

If you’re not involved in a custody dispute but are going though a breakup, well, ALDF can’t be of much help there. But I can say, Purely Decadent Peanut Butter Zig Zag soy ice cream has always helped me get through life’s rough spots…

 

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