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,
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
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.