How Three People Handled Pet Custody Battles


Three people share who got the dog after a breakup, and how to handle pet custody battles with grace...

"Figuring out what to do with a dog that you owned with an ex can be a tough and emotional battle. While it’s easy to say that you’d like to take Fido yourself, it’s best to keep the dog’s interest in mind when deciding its post-breakup fate."

-Nicole shares three common custody scenarios for who gets the dog after a breakup (

"Not all pet custody disputes involve a divorce—just as not all breakups involve the crumbling of a marriage (and we'll get to that later)—but let's start with divorce anyhow. When it comes to the long arm of family law, the custody of a pet is technically no different than possession of any household object. You get the mid-century couch and coffee table, your ex takes the obnoxiously large flat-screen TV and the dog. The fact that the pet is actually a living thing isn't technically taken into consideration. Your furry friend is just another piece of property and negotiations (or, worse, litigation) may approach it as such."

-Jessica gets the legal low down on pet custody (

"First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a highly expensive pet custody case? This doesn't exactly sound like the love story most of us imagine but all too often it's a common ending."

-Virginia on who has rights to the fur-babies after love is gone (