Testifying in court, dognapping and joint custody are some of the tactics people use to make sure they keep their pet.
This isn’t the kind of tug of war you want to play.
With more than 800,000 divorces taking place annually in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System, couples are not only battling for custody of children — they’re getting contentious when it comes to pets.
When Michelle S.’s 10-year relationship came to a halt, the discussion of who would get their beloved bulldog became a drawn out dispute. “I let him have all of the furniture and left the framed photos behind, but the dog was non-negotiable,” Michelle tells Moneyish. Because neither of them was willing to give up the dog, they worked out a joint custody agreement and sent the dog back and forth between their homes. “We’d text each other, pack up the dog’s things and do a drop off in a neutral place like Starbucks. When things got less friendly, we’d leave each other keys and drop him off at the person’s house when they weren’t home so we didn’t have to see each other,” says Michelle.