California judges to rule on who keeps the pet in divorce cases

Courts will ask who takes the animal for walks, who pays the vets bills and who does it go to when called by both owners
Colin Drury, Independent
Judges in California as they have been granted powers to decide who keeps the family pet in contentious divorce cases.
Courts across the Golden State are to rule on cats, dogs and other household animals in the same way they do in child custody disputes, under a law set for 2019.
Judges will

California's AB 2273 Changes Treatment of Pets in Divorce Proceedings

With AB 2274, California Becomes Third State to Treat Pets More Like Children During Divorce Proceedings
The new law goes into effect January 1, 2019, adding Section 2605 to California’s Family Code and requiring judges to consider a companion animal’s best interests in divorce disputes.
Keeley Nickelson,
With the legislative session wrapping up this weekend and his legacy on the line, Governor Jerry Brown has been busy.

Bill to Protect Legal Non-Citizens from going Hungry and Homeless is Vetoed

SACRAMENTO – Earlier this year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) partnered with Alameda County and Western Center on Law and Poverty to introduce a bill, AB 2111, that streamlines and aligns the CalFresh and CalWORKs programs in order to assist sponsored noncitizen individuals and families from the risk of hunger and homelessness. Governor Brown vetoed this bill earlier today.

California divorce courts go to dogs as pets gain status

John Rogers, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — California courts could be going to the dogs — and maybe cats, too — under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes.
Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a status giving them little more standing in a divorce than a family's big-screen TV.
Under a bill signed Thursday by Gov.

California pets with divorcing owners just scored a legal win

Abby Hamblin, San Diego Union Tribune
Who gets the family pet in a divorce?
It depends on many factors, including what state the owners live in, but California just began a new era for how dogs, cats and other pets with a new law that will take affect in 2019.

Bill to Encourage More Participation in Public Service is Signed into law

SACRAMENTO – Earlier in the year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), met with a University of California professor who expressed frustration over California’s open meeting requirements, known as Bagley-Keene, and explained how these antiquated rules were actually hindering the ability of advisory committees to do their work.