Spain: in divorce cases, shared custody of cats and dogs – General news


(ANSAmed) – ROME, JANUARY 5 – A Spanish law from Wednesday grants the right to shared custody of pets, establishing them as “sentient beings” and no longer just “things”, in case divorce of a couple.

The new measure, sponsored by the ruling coalition of PSOE and Podemos, clarifies that in the event of divorce, a judge will now have to consider the future of pets, taking into account the interests of family members and the welfare of the family. be of the animal, distributing care and care.

A cat, dog, turtle, fish or pet bird could therefore be the subject of shared custody.

Until now, the custody of pets in the event of divorce had been the subject of controversy in the courts, hence the decision to amend the Spanish Civil Code.

The law also obliges owners to “guarantee the welfare” of their animals.

If they are unable to do so, or if a person is found to have a history of animal abuse, custody can be refused or revoked by a judge.

Spain is not the first European country to recognize animals as “sentient beings”.

Similar laws have already been in force in France since 2015, but also in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Portugal. (ANSAmed).


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