Shared Custody Of Pets The Way Forward In Divorce Litigation

In divorce cases Judges need to stop viewing pets as common property and employ the same tools (shared custody, assessing the suitability of each party, etc.) as when deciding custody of children:

‘In a 2006 survey by the 1600-member American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a quarter of respondents said pet custody cases had increased noticeably since 2001. The academy is due for another survey, but there is no doubt such cases have grown steadily since…

Pets are considered property in every state in America. For years, they have been divvied up like furniture during divorce proceedings. But times are changing.

Judges are viewing them more akin to children than dining room sets. They are recognising that people have an emotional attachment to their animals.’

About time too.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

2 comments

  1. JT

    Some states of the USA have moved to change the definition of ‘owners’ to ‘guardians’. Has it had any improvements?
    The American Veterinary Medical Association says not really:
    http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/apr11/110401a.asp

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