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Divorces, breakups problematic for dogs. Gaining custody of the household pet can be a difficult and sensitive subject as the relationship breaks down and it is time to call the lawyers. “I haven’t yet had a case where it’s actually reached the visitation rights stage regarding the dog,” lawyer Olav Sylte told VG. Joint custody is rare, according to the family, inheritance, and property rights issues specialist.

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Divorces, breakups problematic for dogs

Published on Friday, 24th April, 2015 at 14:22 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 24th April 2015 at 21:00.

Gaining custody of the household pet can be a difficult and sensitive subject as the relationship breaks down and it is time to call the lawyers.

Sad dog
A divorce or breakup affects dogs too.Sad dog
Photo: Katja Schulz/Flickr


“I haven’t yet had a case where it’s actually reached the visitation rights stage regarding the dog,” lawyer Olav Sylte told VG.

Joint custody is rare, according to the family, inheritance, and property rights issues specialist.

Help Insurance family and inheritance lawyer Birgitte Schjøtt Christensen said her last case did involve shared custody “with a 50/50 arrangement, if I remember correctly.”

“I've learned that there have been conflicts about the dog when people split up. I also know of those who have a similar arrangement as with their children; they move back and forth [between homes] together.”

But while dogs are legally regarded as chattels, animal behaviour specialist Gry Loberg explained that dogs can suffer the effects of a divorce.

“I’ve experienced three to four behavioural consultations with clients where either shared care has led to behavioural problems in the dog, or that they wanted help with a behavioural problem which has got worse as a result of joint custody,” she explained.

UK law practice Lester Morrill Solicitors cites a Northumbria University School of Law report that calls for revising legislation regarding ‘divorce-custody’ decisions made for pets.

Moreover, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) suggests that courts take other determining factors into consideration when the battle over the canine begins, instead of the animal being viewed as one of the household belongings. The number of cases is increasing as well.

“Sometimes the couple is using the dog in the same way that the children sometimes get used, as a way to keep the relationship going, but at other times they are fighting because animals are considered family now,” Joyce Tischler of the ALDF commented to The Sunday Telegraph.



Published on Friday, 24th April, 2015 at 14:22 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 24th April 2015 at 21:00.

This post has the following tags: divorce, breakup, marriage, relationship, canines.





  
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