New California Custody Law No Longer Treats Pets as Property

by admin on March 4, 2019

In most divorce proceedings, pets are considered as property when it comes to dividing up assets and custody.

But a new bill signed into law in California recognizes the “unique nature” of pets and lays out special assessments judges can use to determine custody of the animal.

Before, Calfornia judges didn’t have clear baselines on how to determine which party would receive custody of the family pet in contested cases.

The new California law makes sure that judges ask specific questions that will help determine which person in the divorce will provide the best care.

For example, the judge could ask “who walked and fed the dog mostly” or who has the finances to provide better care.

In many other countries, like Thailand for example, custody cases also treat pets as property.

Read the full story here.

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