Do you know that one of the most significant trends in divorce in recent years involves the question of who is going to get custody of the family pets? There are even experts who help determine who should get custody. This is an extension of the concept of a pet psychologist. (No, while I have been seeing humans as patients for the last 10 years, I have yet to see my first cocker spaniel.)
It seems that pet custody disputes have yielded expert witnesses such as Dr. Amy Marder, a veterinarian in Lexington, Mass.
Marder is often hired to handle cases in the greater Massachusetts area that deal with both spouses wanting the pet as part of the divorce settlement. Marder has an approach, a technique she uses in evaluating with whom she believes the pet should reside. Marder spends a couple of hours with the pet interacting with each potential owner. She then asks each spouse a group of questions designed to elicit who plays with the pet more, who tends to feed it, who takes it outside for exercise, which of the two spends more time with the pet, etc.