People all over the world are fond of their pets and that’s no different in Britain, it could be said that British people are particularly fond of their pet, and a recent survey suggests that for many of them, they are the number one priority.
A survey was conducted with a sample of 1,254 people across the UK, 15 percent of the respondents said they loved their pet more than their partner. A third of people put their pet and their partner on equal terms, while only a further third of people were willing to say they loved their partner more than their pet.
The research was carried out by Maguire Family Law when they noticed the continuous increase in numbers of divorces involving arguments over who gets to keep the pet.
Although people aren’t that much surprised with the results of the survey. After all, dogs don’t prevent you from watching your favorite shows in the evening, they don’t put dirty laundry lying on the floor everywhere, and they don’t cause the same trouble every single day.
The survey referred to all pets, not specifically dogs or cats. If you think losing to a dog or a cat is bad, but if your partner is one of the 15 percent that said they loved their pet more than their partner, and their pet is a goldfish? That should make you feel really bad.
James Maguire, managing director of Maguire Family Law, advised couples to draw up a ‘pet-nup’, just in case they face a time when they need to use it.
Maguire said, “We’re seeing a growing number of divorce and separation cases where people are arguing over care arrangements of their dogs, cats, horses and other pets.”
“Although our survey showed a third of pet owners in relationships think animals should be treated the same as children when it comes to breakups, unfortunately the law doesn’t agree.”
“Obviously, the emotional attachment to pets can be huge, which is why we see so much upset over who gets to keep them when a couple breaks up.”
“People may find if they draw up a pet-nup, there may be issues around its enforceability if there’s a dispute, but we find if a couple agrees matters up front they usually stick to this.”
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