A Dog's Dilemma
At midnight last night the little-publicised Matrimonial Property (Dogs) Rules 2007 came into effect. The Rules provide a procedure to resolve disputes between divorcing couples as to who should keep the family dog. Under the Rules, the parties will stand ten feet apart in an empty room. The dog will then be let into the room, through a door midway between the parties. The party to whom the dog goes will be granted custody of the animal. Further rules provide that the parties must not call the dog, and that they are both searched beforehand for doggie chews, bones or anything else that might entice the dog to go to them.
Let's hope the new Rules bring an end to distressing disputes over the ownership of the family pooch.