We recently received an email from a producer with CBS NEWS: SUNDAY MORNING asking for our assistance in researching a story involving custody of pets after the owners break up, separate or get divorced.
The subject of pet custody had never entered my mind before. I decided to search online and was quite amazed to find countless articles referring to what happens to a pet when custody is an issue. It become very apparent that it can become quite costly and very complicated.
The options are joint custody, sole custody with visitation, sole custody with no visitation or splitting the pets between partners, just to name a few. There can also be disputes over pet support. It is pretty much on the same track as custody and support of children.
According to a 2006 survey of lawyers by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 25% reported and increase in pet custody, about 90% of the cases involving dogs. Can you imagine what the number would be in 2011?
After finding all this information I realized it is truly a subject that warrants attention and decided to help. The producer is looking for a few couples who have joint custody of a pet to ask how it is going and possibly ask one of them for an on camera interview.
If you are in this type of situation and would like to help, please contact Steve S. Glauber, CBS News: Sunday Morning, 524 W. 57 St., NY NY 10019. Tel. (212) 975-7196 Cell (917) 796-3590
We would appreciate your mentioning to him that you saw the invitation to participate at PetsBlogs.com