One in four divorces involve a dispute over a pet, according to the Blue Cross Animal Charity. For couples embroiled in lengthy and expensive divorce negotiations, the fate of family pets is no laughing matter.
So many couples end up squabbling over pets that the Law Society is recommending custody issued to be addressed in pre-nuptial agreements to provide peace of mind.
The divorce of Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Amber Heard involved lengthy negotiations over who got custody of pistol and Boo, their Yorkshire Terriers and Arrow a horse.
In the US the pet disputes are so common that they are subject of a reality TV series, Pet Divorce, which promises real drama with real barks and real meows.
Instead of having babies many young couples seems to prefer pets. But apet-nup like pre-nup is not legally binding, but will help the judge to decide custody.
A pet-nup can cost from $500 to £1250.