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“Fighting for Cats and Dogs: The State of the Law on Pet Custody”

On June 24, 2011 by Schnader

Albert Momjian and Jaime L. Jano co-authored an article, “Fighting for Cats and Dogs: The State of the Law on Pet Custody,” that appeared in The Legal Intelligencer on June 24, 2011. The authors’ article discusses the difficult process involving the custody of pets in a divorce. In a majority of jurisdictions nationwide, pets are comparable to a piece of furniture and therefore viewed as personal property and as a result, awarded to one party as part of equitable distribution. In recent years, however; the status of animals in pop culture and society has changed and some jurisdictions have recognized pets as more than just personal property. This article examines recent cases and offers advice to pet owners in similar situations.