Alaska will treats pets more like kids in divorce courts

Split custody of pets might seem unusual, but it could become increasingly common.

Alaska just became the first state to require courts to “take into consideration the well-being of the animal” and empower judges to assign joint custody of pets – the same agreement Poth and his partner worked out.

“Not everybody can create an arrangement like he and I have. It’s a unique situation we happen to still be good friends and we get along very well,” Poth said.

In most of the country, pets are considered property by courts, just like a lamp or a couch. The new Alaskan law treats pets similar to the way children are in divorce cases.