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Growing number of couples getting 'Doggie Pre-pups' in case of breakup

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Dogs can become a part of the family in some households, but what happens if a couple splits up?

Doggie-custody is becoming part of a new trend referred to as "Doggie Pre-pups."

If you have a pet at home, you know that your dog or cat is a part of the family. Sometimes couples even look at them like they are their own children.

But, what if that couple splits up? it's all part of a new trend that's taking over the courtroom.

People and their pets--it's a bond that's stood the test of time.

On the flip side, human relationships? They can get a little...hairy.

So what happens when Baxter gets caught in a breakup?

"Pet custody disputes can become very very ugly, because people love their pets so much and for so many couples the pet is more than just an animal. It's really part of the family," said attorney Ann Margaret Carrozza.

Enter the Pre-Pup: a prenup for your pet.

According to Carrozza, it's the newest trend among couples.

"Legally speaking, ownership of the pet is considered ownership of the sofa, or kitchen appliances. It depends on who bought it, without a written agreement," said Carrozza.

"My husband and I do not have a puppy prenup, but he's pretty much obsessed with the dog, pretty much as much as I am. But, God something ever happened, we'd work out some kind of shared situation," said Tara Murphy.

"The dog would pick her. I'll try to maintain visited rights, that's all," said Stan Want.

These real-life dog fights have gotten so serious that in one divorce case New York became the first state to dedicate an entire court date to the couple's canine.

We're sure that's a tale worth telling.

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