California Divorce Courts Go to Dogs as Pets Gain Status

A new law grants judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — California courts could be going to the dogs — and maybe cats, too — under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes. Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a status giving them little more standing in a divorce than a family’s big-screen TV. Under a bill signed Thursday by…

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