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Rise in dog custody battles from lockdown divorces

In preparation for a surge in battles over dogs post-lockdown, Richard Nelson LLP launched a custody service dedicated to our furry friends during the pandemic

Lockdown
is creating a surge in dog custody battles in the UK, a family law firm has
warned, with enquiries up by 250 percent.

Dog
adoptions have soared during lockdown as couples spend increasing lengths of
time at home, a factor which simultaneously led to unprecedented levels of
couples divorcing during the pandemic.

The
data from national solicitors firm Richard Nelson LLP, comparing August 2020 to
January 2021, shows a 290 percent increase in traffic to their dog custody services as
couples dispute over who will care for their dog.

In
preparation for a surge in battles over dogs post-lockdown, the chain of
national solicitors launched a custody service dedicated to our furry friends
during the pandemic.

Explaining
the inspiration behind the service, Hardeep Dhillion, Consultant Solicitor of Family Law at Richard Nelson LLP, said:

“We
have seen a surge in divorce enquiries during lockdown as where problems already exist in a relationship, the stress and
uncertainty of Coronavirus has put a strain on relationships. For couples who
decided to invest in a pet during the first lockdown, this then becomes a
serious area for concern where both parties wish to keep and care for their
pet.

“The
custody battle for pets is challenging and partners will be relying on their
dogs heavily for support during this period of isolation. We aim in the course
of the Divorce Proceedings to finalise issues surrounding the arrangements for
the family dog or any other pet and hope to avoid costs escalating
unnecessarily.”

Commending
on divorces and how they can impact the wellbeing of dogs, Nick Jones MA, Dog
Behaviourist said:

“Divorce
or relationship breakups are stressful enough for humans and at times it is
unavoidable that the dog remains with one of the couple, or in worst case
situations is rehomed altogether. This can leave the dog feeling displaced and
unsettled and for some dogs, this effect may be devastating as the dog tries to
adapt to its new circumstances in day to day living.”

To
find out more about the service, visit the site.

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