Pet Custody Coming to Illinois in 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, a new Illinois divorce law will let a judge decide who is the best owner for a family pet.  Under the current law, pets are treated as property and are divided without regard to what is best for the animal.  On January 1st, a judge will now be able to consider who is responsible for the day-to-day care of an animal, who buys the pet food, who stays on top of vaccinations, who walks the dog, etc., and what is in the best interest of the animal.  The law does not apply to service animals.  The law will be applied to cases currently pending and any cases filed in 2018.  Click here to find out more.