Animals of love: The increase of battles about pets in divorce settlements is rising and the reasons are complex. When partnered with Britain’s particular penchant for pets, it is easy to see how pet custody becomes a breeding ground for catfights.
On a Sunday evening after football practice has finished, John* drives two miles into town to his ex-wife’s house to collect 12-year-old Gloria, along with her toys and her favourite blanket. Gloria is not John’s child, she is his Welsh terrier and has lived between two houses in Bath, Somerset, since John’s divorce in 2014. The beloved pet spends the first half of every week with John and his new partner and the second with his ex-wife. It might seem like a lot of effort for a dog, but it’s an arrangement that works for the family – and one which came about amicably during their split.Read More