Melbourne, Aug 6: More and more divorced couples are fighting over the custody of their pampered pets, according to experts.
They said the trend was most common among separating partners without children when four-legged friends take on an increasingly important role in family life.
Tindall Gask Bentley partner and family law specialist Jane Miller said pets usually entered divorce negotiations when property agreements were being discussed.
This includes one client of Tindall Gask Bentley who settled for 10,000 dollars less from her ex-husband to keep the couple’s two dogs.
“People are reaching formal agreements, that the pet may live with one person once a week and the other another week, or doing quite a big trade off so they can keep a pet,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Miller as saying.
“It’s usually something that’s done outside of court, through a document of consent, where a pet is listed as an asset and the court endorses an agreement,” he said. (ANI)