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    Law firm provide service to help divorcing couples help their pets

    NewsPets in generalTuesday 18 June 2013
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    A new law firm has launched a new service to help divorcing couples decide who gets to keep the family pet. 

    Unsurprisingly pets are a huge problem in regards to couples that split up and Blackley animal shelter which takes in up to 7,000 animals a year attribute at least 10% of dogs were given to them as a result of a couple splitting up.

    Lisa Graham who is a manager at Blackley Animal shelter said that "This is an issue we see on a daily basis.

    "We'd really urge people to think carefully about what will happen to their pet when they separate, rather ignoring the issue until the very last minute."

    Solicitors Slater Heelis has launched a new service together with Manchester Dogs home. It is a new arbitration service to help couples act in the best interests of their pets.

    Handlers from the charity will work together with solicitors from the firm to advise couples going through a divorce on how to make sure that the family pets do not suffer. For example, by selling the family home means that there is no more room for the pet.

    Helen Thompson who is a divorce expert said that shared access to pets was hard to legally enforce but arrangements can be made.

    "If the split is acrimonious, couples can really get stuck on which of them the pet will live with."

     

     

    Source: Telegraph

    Photo: Brian Turner

     

     

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