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California Law Allows Divorcing Couples to Petition for Pet Custody

Assembly Bill 2274, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September of 2018, changed the way pet custody is handled in California divorce cases. The law gave the courts the authority to decide pet ownership in divorce cases. In accordance with the law, the court can assign sole or joint ownership of the divorcing couple’s pet and take into consideration care of the animal. The pet can be placed in the care of one of the parties in the divorce until the court determines the pet’s final home. The law went into effect January 1, 2019. Prior to the introduction of…

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