Divorce and Pets | More People Choose Animals Over Money
Parents of people children know that they have a 50% chance of needing a “What happens if we split” plan. They may not discuss it, they may not let themselves think about it, but I bet you, in the back of every parent’s mind is the “What happens if….” thought.
Personally, I don’t think that it’s all that crazy. Again, the divorce rate is roughly 40-50% in our country. I have friends who state, prior to marriage, that their future spouse is “The one or the first one.” If you ignore marital status and just look at long-term committed relationships, chances are you still have roughly the same potential split rate. There’s just no getting around it anymore, any relationship has a roughly 50% chance of ending.
Pet parents also may not discuss or let themselves think about “What if…” but I promise you, it’s there. According to a survey of 1,500 pet owners by PetMD, “90% of pet owners would fight more passionately for their pets than for money in a divorce.” Even more telling is this information released by Michigan State University College of Law: “Because pets are becoming such a big part of our lives, some courts … are willing to treat pets more like children… Courts have considered the best interest of the pets in determining who gets custody of them. They have also awarded shared custody, visitation, and alimony payments to the owners.”
What about you? As pet owner (or pet parent, if you prefer), a people parent, or both, what do you think about having a “What if…” plan? Do you have one? Have you and your spouse or significant other discussed “What if?”