When marriages crumble, it can be very difficult for people to come to terms with the ways in which their property is divided, as well as the way in which time with their children is split up. Being unable to spend as much time with a child as one wants to can be very difficult to come to terms with. However, even couples that do not have any kids may struggle with these emotional challenges. For example, many have pets, such as dogs or cats, and it can be very hard to figure out who will get the family pet(s).
In some instances, one spouse wants to take care of the pets while the other has no interest. In these cases, it is easy, but not all are as straightforward. Sometimes, both parties have a strong bond with a dog they have been living with and taking care of for years (or some other pet). It may be possible to work out an arrangement that allows each party to spend a certain amount of time with the family pet, in the same way that custody is divided between parents.
Those who care deeply about their pets may also worry about how their divorce could affect their cat or dog. For example, a pet may be very upset or struggle with the changes that surface in the wake of a divorce, whether they have to move into a new home or they are unable to play with the kids as often as they would like because of a custody ruling. There are many ways in which the end of a marriage can affect pets, so it is important to review these factors if you have a beloved family pet that you are worried about.