We use cookies on this site to enable your digital experience. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our cookie policy. close
Focus On
NEW In-House Counsel | Insurance | Intellectual Property | Immigration | Natural Resources | Real Estate | Tax
Story image

At divorce time, should Rover be treated like child or chattel?

Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:42 AM | By Leanne Townsend

The ethical treatment of animals has been a continuing trend in modern times, but have we now reached a point where in family law, courts may start considering the best interests of the family pet in deciding who gets custody of the dog or cat in a divorce? If the dissenting judge in a recent decision from the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador has her say, our courts may be moving in this direction.

In Baker v. Harmina 2018 NLCA 15, the court was...