The below article looks at the issue of who gets to keep the beloved pet following separation. The article highlights that following the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of couples and families adding a pet to their home has massively increased which, in turn, unfortunately, increases the number of disputes relating to them.

Being a dog owner myself, I personally think it is important, albeit not very enjoyable, to discuss at the time of getting one who would keep the pet, or arrangements for sharing the care of the pet, should you separate in the future. 

As important as your pet is to you, you do not want to be spending money going through court proceedings to decide on this.