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Spanish Judges Must Now Weigh Pets’ Welfare in Custody Battles

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In Spain, judges have one more thing to weigh in custody battles -- animals’ feelings. 

Under a new law identifying animals as sentient, judges must consider their welfare when deciding who gets to keep pets after a couple breaks up. They will also decide how to split the costs of care between warring former partners.