Amazingly, there were folks who were already taking the necessary precautions with their pets in case their relationship goes up in flames.
Breakups are the worst. Ending a serious relationship could mean that you and your ex-partner have built a life together which now needs to be divided between the two of you, especially if that separation is a divorce.
Pulling the plug on a marriage can be a real messy affair, but they can also be devastatingly dragged out if there are other parties involved. Children are most commonly caught in the crossfire, but what about pets involved in their beloved human companions’ bitter divorce?
According to statistics, 49 percent of adults in the UK own a pet. While 25 percent of that total number consists of cat owners, the other 24 percent of the population have a pet dog.
During a divorce, it's a rather tough decision for a couple to make when it comes to who gets the pet. In a recent study by Maguire Family Law in the UK, it explains that in recent years, their lawyers have witnessed a growing number of divorce or separation cases in which the couples are locked in a bitter feud with each other over the ownership of a pet that they shared.
The law firm decided that they should survey people in a relationship who also have a pet. Out of 1,254 people who the surveyors spoke to, only a third of them said that they loved their partner more than their pet.
A third of that study group said that they loved their animal and human companions equally. But 15 percent of the people that were surveyed admitted to the fact that they loved their pets more than their partner!
Amazingly, there were folks who were already taking the necessary precautions with their pets in case their relationship goes up in flames. A quarter of pet owners in a relationship have started taking the necessary steps to make sure that their pet comes to them in case they end things with their human companion.
As per the study's findings, one in ten people pay for their pet's equipment, pay for the food and even keep receipts of their pet's vet bills and toys. Another 12 percent of the surveyed group said that their pet is registered in their name itself.
Thinking about the worst outcome of a situation has always come in handy which is why some people decided to sign for a pre-nuptial agreement or a prenup for short. The law firm suggested that folks could sign up for a 'pet-nup', which is a formal agreement between a couple which gives a rounded idea about their pet's living status in the case of the couple's separation.
The telling survey further revealed that a quarter of pet owners in a relationship would take legal action against their significant other when it came to who got to keep the pet.
While it may seem rather heartbreaking to hear, the survey wasn't all about the heartbreak alone. Even though 65 percent of the people said that their ex-partner wouldn't be allowed any visits with the pet after the breakup, about a quarter said that their ex would be regularly updated with the pet's status via text messages, email, WhatsApp or social media.
Whatever said and done, saying goodbye to a pet can be ruff!