Bill Text: NY S04248 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to requiring the court to consider the best interest of a companion animal when awarding possession in a divorce or separation proceeding.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2021-10-25 - SIGNED CHAP.509 [S04248 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-S04248-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                    February 3, 2021

        Introduced  by  Sen. SKOUFIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary

        AN ACT to amend the domestic relations law, in relation to requiring the
          court to consider the best interest of a companion animal when  award-
          ing possession in a divorce or separation proceeding

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Subparagraphs 14 and 15 of paragraph d of subdivision 5  of
     2  part  B  of  section  236  of  the domestic relations law, as amended by
     3  section 1 of part PP of chapter 55 of the laws of 2020, are  amended  to
     4  read as follows:
     5    (14)  whether  either  party  has committed an act or acts of domestic
     6  violence, as described  in  subdivision  one  of  section  four  hundred
     7  fifty-nine-a of the social services law, against the other party and the
     8  nature, extent, duration and impact of such act or acts; [and]
     9    (15) in awarding the possession of a companion animal, the court shall
    10  consider  the  best interest of such animal. "Companion animal", as used
    11  in this subparagraph, shall have the same meaning as in subdivision five
    12  of section three hundred fifty of the agriculture and markets law; and
    13    (16) any other factor which the court shall expressly find to be  just
    14  and proper.
    15    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.