Never mind the children, the family home or the pension – what happens to the family pets? This is no joke and a real and valid concern for many couples.
The Blue Cross are finding an increasing number of homeless animals as a result of relationship breakdown. See their video below.
According to research carried out by the Blue Cross charity:
- Four pets are taken in by Blue Cross every week following relationship breakdowns
- Dope Dog reports that dogs and cats are the most fought over pets, followed by horses, rabbits and guinea pigs
- When Brits split it is usually (56%) the wife or girlfriend who keeps the pet, whereas just under a third of men (29%) retain full ownership
- For those who couldn’t decide who should keep the pet, 15% decided to give them to a family friend, 12% to family members and 6% to pet charities such as Blue Cross
During an emotional break up it is not uncommon for one partner to rehouse a pet without the other’s knowledge. This can add distress to an already fraught situation. With a Pet Nup in place this situation could be avoided.
Whilst it may be a useful starting point to have a signed agreement James Maguire, a family law specialist, says it is not clear whether British courts will enforce these agreements.