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You may have heard that Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are calling it quits on their marriage; what you may not have heard is that Melanie wants the dogs – all three of them. As in, she wants full custody of the couple’s three dogs.

Disputes of dogs and other pets are no longer a laughing matter. With Americans spending more on pets than ever before, pets have achieved a certain status in culture, and the courts are struggling to adapt.

One famed divorce attorney says he’s seen many a battle over pet custody. Unfortunately, pets are viewed as property in the eyes of the law, and they’re decided on the same basis or law as the judge may deal with who gets the sofa.

If you bring a pet into the marriage with you, include the issue in a prenuptial agreement. Postnuptial agreements are also worth considering for couples who purchase a pet together;if there is no pre or postnup, courts have traditionally awarded visitation.

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