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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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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