Rhode Island Bill Would Provide Criteria for Determining Pet Custody Following Divorce

Rhode Island House Bill 7573 would establish procedures to navigate contested pet ownership in circumstances of divorce or separation of formerly cohabitating partners. The bill would establish a “wellbeing of the pet equitable analysis” and allow a court to award ownership to a third party, such as a rescue group, when it deems neither former guardian to be suitable. The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.