Texas readers may find it interesting that more couples are taking their pet custody battles to court. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, around 27 percent of the attorneys who responded said that they have seen an increase in the number of pet custody battles over the past five years.
The survey revealed that dogs are by far the most likely to be at the center of a custody dispute, with cats coming in at a distant second. Courts tend to view pets as an asset to be divided similar to other assets in a divorce. The survey also noted that 20 percent of the respondents had seen an increase in court decisions that declare pets as an asset in a divorce. In addition, courts are permitting pet custody cases, according to 22 percent of the responding lawyers.