That's a line from a song of Carrie Underwood which reverberates truth in many homes, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom, where the pet dogs' companionship are sometimes given more value than spouses and in-laws.
Many British apparently consider their pets to be more important family members than their in-laws, as could be gleaned from the results of a poll for a marketing campaign on modern families.
Dogs in particular are loved in many modern families because dogs are the kind that really throw themselves at family members to express their boundless love and devotion to the ones that care for them.
PETS IN DIVORCE
Pets also tend to have some immunity from all the negativity that could come from a divorce. Even when things turn sour, some pet parents choose to be amicable with each other so they could continue to care for their pets under some new arrangements.
In Alaska, lawmakers want to ensure that the state protects pets by making sure the courts would make divorcing couples sign off on agreements that would be favorable to their pets, be it a dog or a cat or other animals.
House Bill 147 addresses pets in divorces, spells out protections for pets in domestic violence situations and provides animal shelters and others with a way to recover the cost of caring for an animal that’s seized from a home. If it passes, Alaska would be the first state with a law explicitly allowing a judge to issue joint ownership of a pet.
Pets are legally considered property, but most divorcing couples don't treat their pets as assets but more like children that are subject to shared custody and financial arrangements.
Pets usually would show who they like or love more: the husband or the wife. Legal experts believe the pet's emotional attachment to the husband or the wife should be strongly considered when determining who gets custody of a pet. In addition, the court may consider other factors such as:
* Who takes care of the animal's daily basic needs?
* Who takes the pet to the veterinarian?
* Who trains and socializes the animal?
* Who can afford to pay for the pet's needs?