The new provisions in divorce statute of Illinois allow Judges in divorce proceedings to consider the well-being of companion animals in allocating sole or joint ownership. Illinois’s State Senator Linda Holmes said – The law sort of starts treating your animal like children.
In 2017, a similar step was taken by Alaska. The provisions of its divorce law empowered Courts to include pets in domestic violence protective orders. The owners of pets seized in cruelty or neglect cases are also entitled to cover the cost of their shelter.
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