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.”