Sure they're cute, but is it time for a new pet?  Hopefully you are reading this article before you wandered into a pet store and were approached by the knowledgeable, teenage kennel tech who said in a chipper upbeat voice, "Hi! Welcome to Pet World.  Would you like to hold a puppy?!" 

If you are a couple who look upon your pet like a member of the family, it would be reasonable to assume you may want to enter into a shared custody of your pet following a break-up.  However, there may be some obstacles that present themselves in this situation.  So, before you decide on sharing Fido with your ex, it might be worth considering some of the following: