Who Gets the Dog or Cat Upon Break-Up?
When a couple adopts a dog or cat together, they do not think about what would happen to their beloved companion if they split up. Specifically, who would get the pet? Would it be only one of them? Would there be a shared custody arrangement? What are the individual partners’ rights? Does the companion animal get a say, or have any rights, in all of this? Those who truly love their companion animal, do not think this raises issues about “just” a dog or cat. Many people take p