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PET CUSTODY

The question is not, can they reason, nor can they talk, but can they suffer?

 

Jeremy Bentham

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Sadly, as with children, pets are often weaponised in divorce and separation. However, unlike children, pets are treated by the law as assets - just like cars, houses or jewellery. Pets (currently) have no rights. Their needs can be misunderstood or totally ignored in the heat of an acrimonious split up.

 

Mediation is a very effective way of helping couples really understand what is best for their pet, even if this means the final outcome is not what was envisaged by both parties. After all, what's best for the pet is not necessarily the same as for the owner.

 

Shelley-Anne is a trained pet custody mediator and works alongside animal behavioural experts. Using mediation techniques, Shelley-Anne is able to help couples work out the best arrangements for their pets post divorce or separation. 

I can now see after mediation that my ex partner is the best person to look after our dog Cassie and that constant fighting over her custody was making her very unhappy. I get to see Cassie on my day's off and sometimes, my ex and I take her for walks together. Never thought that would happen!

Roger, teacher

Mediation highlighted that I was effectively using our cats to hurt my ex wife. I knew it was wrong but just couldn't see past my own feelings. Fabio and Florence are happy and well looked after. That's what matters.

Callam, architect

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