Family Law: Who Has the Right to Keep Fluffy After the Divorce?

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.

New law changes pet custody options in divorce cases in California

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).

My take on the custody of pets

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.

And finally… dog eat dog

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.
 
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In California divorces, pets will be treated more like children

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.

Brown Vetoes Compassionate Care

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.
 
In a statement, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri praised AB 1793 as “an important and necessary move to ensure justice for individuals pr

California Law Will Give Pets More Status In Divorce Cases

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.