It is estimated that between 40% and 50% of all marriages in the United States will end in divorce. The impact of divorce on animals’ welfare is often overlooked in the midst of the emotional upheaval that accompanies the end of a human relationship. However, the fact is that animals are often negatively affected by divorce, both in the short and long term.
In the short term, animals may suffer from the stress of having their guardians split up and may be neglected or even abandoned as a result. In the long term, animals may be used as pawns in custody battles, or may suffer from the negative changes in lifestyle that often accompany divorce.
There are a number of things that can be done to minimize the impact of divorce on animals’ welfare. First, it is important to make sure that animals are included in any custody arrangements. Second, pet owners should try to maintain as much stability in their animals’ lives as possible, even if that means making some sacrifices. Finally, both parties should be aware of the potential impact of their divorce on their animals and take steps to ensure that their animals’ welfare is taken into consideration.