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Thursday, November 1, 2018
John P. Paone, Jr., Esq. and Victoria E. Paone, Esq, The Two River Times
 
Americans have a love affair with pets. According to a recent survey, “three-fourths of Americans in their 30s have dogs, while 51 percent have cats.” It is not uncommon for people to spend thousands of dollars per year on pet clothing/accessories, food, photographs, medicine and the like. But what happens to “Fluffy” when parties go through a divorce?
 
Monday, October 29, 2018
Judges now have authority to decide who keeps the family pet in divorce the same way child custody is handled.
 
DVM360 MAGAZINE
 
A new law has been passed in California that grants judges the authority to decide who gets custody of the family pet in divorces cases, much as they decide child custody, according to the Associated Press (AP). Until now, pets have been considered property, a status that puts them in the same category as material items like TVs and vehicles.
 
A new bill signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown states that pets will still be considered community property, but the judge deciding who gets to keep the pet will be able to consider things like who feeds the pet, takes it to the veterinarian and walks it, the AP reports.
 
Friday, October 19, 2018
California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation which allows cannabis to be sold and consumed at special events.
 
Meg Ellis, PotNetwork.com
 
Prior to the passage of AB 2020, California required an 11-step procedure for cannabis-related business licenses. While the Bureau for Cannabis Control could issue temporary licenses to businesses interested in establishing temporary events celebrating cannabis, the application process was lengthy and cumbersome to small, independently owned businesses.
 
The requirements for establishing a temporary event included submission of fingerprints as well as a background check, a licensing fee, and an established labor peace agreement.
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
OPINION: Stan Statham, Daily News
 
I was both pleased and surprised when I learned a couple of weeks ago that California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a proposal into law that asks judges to seriously consider their custody decisions that affect dogs and cats when they are deciding who gets to keep the animals. I was pleased because a few years go we purchased a dog and named him Buster.
 
That dog has pretty much grown to be loved by all human beings. It didn’t take very long until we affectionately changed his name to Buster Stanley Statham. He is such a friendly and good looking Labrador that I have often been told if we ever wanted to give him away countless people would be glad to have him in their family.
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Irish Legal News
 
 
Divorce judges will assign custody over pets on a similar basis to custody over children under new legislation in the US state of California.
 
Judges are now legally required to consider an animal’s best interests in divorce proceedings, and can order shared ownership of a pet.
 
Prior to AB 2274 coming into effect, judges were not required to treat pets differently to any other shared property - like a coffee table or TV.
 
Assemblymember Bill Quirk, who introduced the bill, said: “As a proud parent of a rescued dog, I know that owners view their pets as more than just property.
 
“They are part of our family, and their care needs to be a consideration during divorce proceedings.”
Friday, October 5, 2018
Laura Goldman, Care2 Causes
 
When a married couple divorces in most U.S. states, their pets are considered property, no different than, say, lamps, TVs or cars. Who gets to keep the pets is determined by the “legal owner,” which is the person whose name is on the adoption certificate or sales contract — and not necessarily the spouse who takes care of the pets or has a stronger emotional attachment to them.
 
These laws seem especially antiquated nowadays, since many of us consider our pets to be family members that can’t be compared to furniture and other objects. In 2017, Alaska became the first state to change its divorce laws to recognize this. Earlier this year Illinois did the same, and now California will become the third U.S. state to consider the best interests of companion animals in divorce cases.
 
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Kabir Chibber, Quartz
 
Losing a beloved pet in a breakup might be worse than the breakup itself. One woman going through a divorce told her therapist she didn’t mind it when her husband left the family home but “wept uncontrollably” when she had to sell her horse. The courts don’t see it that way, though. Pets are thought of as community property, to be divided up like TVs, furniture, and all the other inanimate stuff lying around the soon-to-be-much-emptier house.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
A flurry of bills approved during California’s 2018 legislative session met their fate over the weekend.
 
Zack Ruskin, SF Weekly
 
One of the most substantial victories was AB 1793, which will automatically expunge or re-sentence prior cannabis convictions, expanding on efforts already underway in San Francisco and Alameda counties.
 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Adriana Sandoval, IHeartDogs.com
 
 
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that will give pets more status in divorce cases starting next year.
 
The law previously required judges to consider pets property, which had to be distributed equally between divorcing couples who couldn’t come to an agreement. This meant that multiple pets might be split between two homes, never to see each other again. Or that two people with history might be forced to meet periodically to pass a single pet.
 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Frustrated by a lack of transparency in the sharing of police personnel records, especially for officers found guilty of misconduct, lead Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) to introduce a bill to change that practice. Today, that bill was signed into law.