In California, pets acquired during marriage are presumed to be community property.
What does that mean? In a divorce or domestic partnership dissolution, the family court assign the pets similar to the way they divide property such as furniture or vehicles.
one spouse gets the pet, and the other does not.
I have not had any cases where the court ordered a shared custody arrangement of the pet when the parties are in dispute.
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