For a long time, people considered a few reasons why not to divorce their partner. These reasons range from children to money, but, now, Alaska has now amended this case to include an additional factor in divorce. Pets. Courts are now required to consider the state of the family pet in determining who gets custody of the animal in a divorce hearing. With this new ruling comes a whole host of other complications, such as requirements for the care of the animal and whether or not the other party will be required to help take care of the pet.