When Tiger and Elin broke up, both wanted the dogs. For stars and regular Joes alike, pet custody-battles have gotten contentious and totally ridiculous. Indeed, "animal law" is a booming new field, with pet custody cases up 23%.
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline famously scrapped over who got the dogs; PETA wanted him to take them, but since they had nothing to do with it, that didn't carry any weight. Back in the day, a pet was just another asset. Now, courts take pet well-being into account, too.
Drew Barrymore, meanwhile, sued for full custody of her bff chow-yellow Lab mix Flossie when she split with Tom Green. (And won.) A judge will often take into account a person's relationship with the pet and his or her lifestyle..."ownership" is less of an issue.
Exes Tinsley and Topper Mortimer do one-month stints with Bella and BeBe. Is this disruptive to the pets? Probably...but in the words of a new book, We Can't Stay Together For The Dogs. (Plus, if we're talking well-being, get the poor things off reality TV — and a sub-par show at that! This one, now, we'll watch. )