In California, pets will soon be treated like kids in divorce cases

California courts could be going to the dogs – and maybe the cats too — under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The law, signed Thursday, gives judges the discretion of applying rules similar to those in child-custody cases when determining who gets the family pet following a divorce.

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It takes effect Jan. 1.

Under current law, pets are considered community property like cars and TV sets.

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Deciding who gets to keep them hasn’t been easy when both parties say they love and want them.

Under the new law, pets are still considered community property.

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