The Real Victims of Divorce: Constituents


Wisconsin pioneers dog-focused family law. Where divorcing couples cannot agree on a pet custody arrangement, Rep. Sheryl Albers wants to give judges the power to send pets to the Humane Society. "I wonder what it was that made someone think that they need to have a special statute for this?" asks a local divorce attorney. Blame Albers' hated family Labrador:

Albers hasn't said much about why she introduced the bill, but members of a McFarland family said that Albers has personal reasons—a messy divorce that involved Albers' husband and a Labrador retriever mix named Sammi.

As part of the divorce, Dane County Circuit Judge Sarah O'Brien ordered that Sammi go with the children as they split time between Symons' and Anders' residences, court records show. Albers wasn't happy with the judge's decision and told the children she didn't like the long, messy hair shed by the dog… 

According to the Wisconsin State Journal's in-depth report on Sammi's Law, this is not the first piece of legislation inspired by Albers' recent split.

Via Bitch Girls.