Pet Custody: When Furry Friends Become Collateral Damage In Celebrity Splits

03/17/2011 02:11 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Ashley Reich Senior Editor of Weddings & Divorce, The Huffington Post

Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson are only the latest stars to battle for custody of their children after a split. But what happens to the pets when celebs untie the knot?

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, pet custody cases are on the rise. Attorneys have seen a 23 percent jump in these so-called "dog fights", and Harvard and Yale offer courses that teach animal law.

These six celebrity couples duked it out for their furry friends post split. Click through the photos to see who emerged victorious.

Celeb Pet Custody