Dear Pop: Consider a joint custody arrangement, as do other divorced couples when a dog, cat or other beloved pet, becomes a point of contention. Agree to share in all future vet bills as well. As you probably know, those expenses can add up to a substantial amount of money over the years. Further, agree that if one of the two of you leaves the area — for example moving 100 or more miles away — that the one who stays will get complete custody of the dog. After all, you don't want Pepper having his own frequent flier account. As to who gets Pepper over the holidays, I'll leave that one up to you.
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