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California joins a growing pack in pet custody cases

All parents can agree that children deserve the best chance at happiness and growth, and this means that children are the first priority if their parents ever decide to separate. The most contentious issues in California divorces often revolve around child custody, financial support and other things for the kids.

Previously in the Golden State, these considerations for someone's well-being during the end of a marriage were reserved for human beings. California just joined Michigan and other states that allow judges to consider the well-being of pets and other specifics for the custody and care of four-legged members of a family.

Animals have generally been treated as possessions in divorce cases, and their fate has been decided just as other property is divided. One spouse may have demonstrated that they were more responsible for the decision to adopt a pet, the general upkeep of the animal or spending for its health. Now, the best future for a pet and emotional connections may be considered as well.

Spouses who paid for a pet or most of its expenses may still have the best chance of full custody in a pet custody case, since there is evidence of a connection with the animals. However, the increased latitude to consider all aspects make it easier to carve out the best life for a pet of divorce.

Cases of child custody, pet custody or simple property division may move along faster and with fewer arguments between spouses if each has a lawyer to represent their interests. An experienced California family law attorney can provide valuable guidance and protection during your divorce.

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