Imagine spending your life savings on legal expenses to regain possession of a pet after a breakup. Well, that is exactly what some are prepared to do to maintain possession or custody over the family pet. Though this may seem extreme to some. It is not for dedicated pet owners who view the pet as a family member.
Pet custody battles may become more common as the underlying circumstances are becoming much more common as pet ownership increases. According to the 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey, 62% of the households in the United States own a pet.
Because these companion animals are often considered members of the family, deciding who their ultimate owner should be after a breakup or divorce can be quite contentious just as high conflict child custody battles often become.