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Pets and Divorce – Who Keeps the Family Pet if You Separate?

Recently the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association released its annual pet population report (based on its sample of pet owners) which confirmed that over 3 million households in the UK have acquired a pet since the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020.

That means there are now an astonishing 17 million households across the UK responsible for a pet’s welfare – and over a third of new owners claimed that having a new pet was like having a new baby! Naturally pets become a very important feature of family life, but if their owners decide to separate it can inevitably lead to disputes as to who gets to keep them.

What’s more, with divorce enquiries also expected to rise because of the pandemic, there will understandably be many pet owners now worrying what they can do to ensure their pets are cared for should a relationship break-up occur.

In this article we look at the legal aspect of pet custody after breakup and what kind of agreement can be put in place to avoid future disputes.

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