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Shared custody and visitation of a companion animal. Commentary on Sentence of the Provincial Court of Barcelona, Section 12 (SAP B 465/2014)

2014.10.16

AUTHOR: Attorney and journalist. Specialist on Family Law. President of the Comission of Animals’ Rights of the Barcelona Bar Association.

TITLE: Shared custody and visitation of a companion animal. Commentary on Sentence of the Provincial Court of Barcelona, Section 12 (SAP B 465/2014)

PLACE OF PUBLICATION: October 2014
DATE OF PUBLICATION: dA WebCenter.

Internal Link: Sentence
SUMMARY:

In this divorce procedure the plaintiff asks for a shared custody or at least the right to visit their dog, in order to keep contact with the animal. The Judge recognizes that animals are living beings, but still considered personal property (in this case joint property), and that is how they should be claimed, through another specific legal procedure and not in this one. However, the sentence includes a particular vote by one the judges, who defends that the Court should have solved this issue as well.


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