When a married couple decides to call it quits, they often battle over property, spousal support and custody of the children. For many people, deciding who gets to keep the family pet can be one of the most difficult issues they will face throughout the divorce process. In the past, courts often treated dogs and other domestic animals as community property, essentially putting them in the same category as a piece of furniture.
California is a community property state, meaning that there is a presumption that any property acquired during the marriage belongs to both spouses equally. In other words, both spouses will have an equal interest in their house, assuming it was purchased during the marriage with marital funds and both spouses are on the title. However, as with many physical assets, literally splitting the house in half is not a realistic option. So many divorcing couples are left with the question: who gets the house?