Best interests analysis for kids, not pets
From this week’s article on Advocate Daily, by our own Timothy Sullivan:
When it comes to seeking â€œcustodyâ€ of a family pet, Ontario courts have followed a somewhat consistent approach in viewing animals as mere property â€” not children â€” although judges are still sometimes asked toÂ treat childrenÂ and pets equally, Ottawa family lawyerÂ Timothy N. SullivanÂ writes inÂ Lawyers Weekly.
â€œStrictly speaking, the family dog and cat are property, and subject to the regular provisions of Part I of the Ontario Family Law Act. Telling your pet-loving client this, however, rarely goes over well,â€ writes Sullivan, principal atÂ SullivanLawÂ in Ottawa.
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