Are couples using their pets as pawns in order to prolong the pain of divorce? Most courts will not hear disputes related to the custody of pets - this is because pets still are viewed as property - not a living, breathing being whose needs and emotions also need to be taken into consideration.
Divorce is difficult enough. The pets suffer from the loss of daily contact with the people they love. They have not changed their loyalties just because one spouse has decided they can't/don't want to live with another. Our pets love us unconditionally - they don't want a divorce.
Protect your pets when your relationship sours - ask a pet mediator to help you resolve your dispute.
Divorcing couple struggles with pet custody - chicagotribune.com