DadsDivorce Live: ‘Pet Custody’ Becoming A Bigger Part Of Divorce Law

Many people consider their pets part of their family. It might sound silly, but the emotional attachment people forge with their furry friends is genuine.

That creates a dilemma when couples divorce as they are forced to decide who keeps the animal. Traditionally, family courts have treated animals like property, awarding custody to whoever purchased the pet. 

But a new law passed in Alaska is making waves in the world of animal law. The amendment makes Alaska the first state to require courts to consider the well-being of the animal and empowers judges to assign joint custody of pets.

David Favre, a law professor at Michigan State who specializes in animal law, joins DadsDivorce Live to discuss the implications of the statute and other trends regarding pet custody in divorce.

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