New York’s first matrimonial pet-custody case – Animal Law

“A pair of divorcing women are about to fight it out in court over a miniature dachshund named Joey in what will be New York’s first matrimonial pet-custody case…’ People who love their dogs almost always love them forever,'” Manhattan Justice Matthew Cooper told the New York Post about his ruling granting the women oral arguments in court for sole custody of the dog.

Prior to the shift in the courts, judges in divorce cases have treated pets as personal property, and divided the house as such. But pets are not couches, and many judges are being convinced that Fido does have a best interest at heart and are considering what that is.

It is believed the shift will pick up across the country (the USA) in the future, with pets being considered more like children or family members.

Come on Australia, our turn.