Court battle between estranged unmarried couple for custody of pet dogA real dog-fight this!
Though the couple had already undergone break-up, now it is the judges who have to break their heads and split their hairs in deciding the matter finally. Literally, it is an unprecedented case.
It happens that many times the courts would not have any precedent on a matter that comes for adjudication. Then, the judgement, in that case, sets the precedent and may end up a new law. Many new laws have come in and many old laws deleted as a result of some unique unprecedented cases.
The latest to cite in this regard is about an unmarried woman seeking custody of a pet dog she shared with her ex-boyfriend. The Associated Press news is datelined May 14th, Augusta, Maine in the USA.
The uniqueness in this matter is that while pets are considered property in all the 50 states in USA and three among them have specific laws about pet custody when a marriage dissolves, "none has a statute dealing with pets when an unmarried couple breaks up." Which is actually the crux issue present case has to deal and settle.
("Maine law allows a judge to order married couples to share custody of animals, but not to unmarried couples who split up.")
The woman was appealing to the supreme court of the state against an order by a lower court.
This pin-prick me, that we were all not considering this issue when we discussed many a divorce and settlement. Now I wonder how the pets would have managed the separation of their erstwhile united masters?!
It is more than an academic wait for the final verdict and I hope we will get that also in due course. In the meantime, I welcome serious and/or humorous and creative response from members on this.
( Source: Yahoo news. Also sourced from the internet from Fox news, Fox5ny.com, NewyorkTimes etc)