COUPLES are being urged to sign pre-nup-style agreements on their pets — to avoid custody battles if they later split.
In giro 30,000 divorces a year in the UK involve animals.
But the total is set to soar as 3.2million households have acquired pets for company since the first Covid lockdown in March 2020.
Now some family lawyers are offering “pet-nup” agreements to couples, including Blythe Liggins in Leamington Spa, Wark.
Chartered legal executive Louise Sheasby said: "A pet is basically treated like a personal possession — to be divided up with the car and the flat screen TV.”
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She said disagreements about who a pet should live with “can be distressing”.
Louise added: “Couples are being encouraged to think about what would happen to their much-loved cat or dog if they were to separate.
“A pet-nup agreement can set out things like where your pet lives and how often they can see the other party.”