The importance of Family Law

05Jun06

For law students that have done Family Law, i'm sure we understand the important role it can play in shaping lives and protecting the vulnerable. This was best illustrated by a recent case in Barcelona, Spain. 

After a couple had divorced, an agreement was made whereby the wife would keep the dog, but the husband would be allowed to visit him if he gave advance warning. The husband started showing up unannounced to play with his dog however, and the wife refused him entry.SadDog.jpg

Judge Pascual Ortuno Munoz, in overruling a lower court, held that while pets are important to people, the couple was treating Yako like a person.

"Visiting rights concerning an animal are unprecedented," the judge wrote.

An arrangement among hostile ex-spouses for unannounced visits to the dog would be messy and unworkable, he said.

Jose Luis' demand to pay unannounced visits to his dog is "pie in the sky," the judge wrote.

Poor Yako!

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