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 be told to weigh up such factors as who feeds the pet, who takes it for walks and who pays the vet bills. They will be allowed to put the creature between both owners and see who it goes to.
“A court may do like, 'OK, you get the dog a month at a time or a week at a time’," said family law attorney Atousa Saei, of Santa Monica.