Fido and Fluffy are more then just pets to many owners. They are often refereed to as family members. But what happens if the family unit splits?

Fido and Fluffy are by law considered property unlike children, but one state is shaking things up with a new bill.

Alaska's amendment to the divorce statutes requires courts to take “into consideration the well-being of the animal” and to explicitly empower judges to assign joint custody over pets. The bill also allows courts to include pets in domestic violence protective orders and requires the owners of pets seized in cruelty or neglect cases to cover the cost of their shelter.

Do you agree with Alaska's new rule? Should animals be treated as property or more like a child in a divorce?

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