By Cheryl Goldhart
Founder and Principal of Goldhart Law and Goldhart Mediation & Arbitration

In family law, the recognition of pets as more than mere property during divorce and separation proceedings marks a significant shift towards a more compassionate legal framework. Our sister site,, has just published a thought-provoking blog that delves into this very topic, focusing on British Columbia’s pioneering approach and its potential ripple effects on jurisdictions like Ontario.

Why This Matters

Pets hold a special place in our homes and hearts, often considered cherished family members rather than assets to be divided. British Columbia’s recent amendments to their Family Law Act underscore this sentiment, introducing a legal perspective that could well inspire change beyond its borders.

Key Insights from the Blog

A Legal Precedent: British Columbia is leading the charge by amending its Family Law Act to treat companion animals distinctively, acknowledging their role in the family unit.

Considerations for Pets: The law now requires that the welfare of the pet and its emotional bonds with family members be considered in legal proceedings, a move away from viewing them solely as property.

Implications for Ontario: This progressive stance sets a compelling precedent that could influence future legal reforms in Ontario, fostering a dialogue on the need for similar recognition in family law disputes.

Join the Conversation

This blog not only highlights the legal advancements in British Columbia but also sparks a broader discussion on the evolving role of pets in family law. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of legal practice, family dynamics, and animal welfare.

We invite you to read the full article on and join us in contemplating how these changes might shape the future of family law in Ontario and beyond. This conversation is crucial for legal professionals, pet owners, and anyone navigating the complexities of divorce and separation in today’s world.

Read the full blog here.

Let’s continue to elevate the practice of family law in Ontario!

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Cheryl Goldhart is a family law lawyer who can make a difference in resolving your family disputes.

  • Nearly Four Decades in Family Law: Cheryl’s impressive career spans almost 40 years specializing exclusivley on family law.
  • Masters Degree in Counselling: Her Masters Degree in Counselling adds a unique blend of empathy and insight to her approach in every case.
  • Certified Family Law Specialist by the Law Society: Cheryl’s expertise in family law is reflected in her certification as a Family Law Specialist by the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Ontario Association for Family Mediation Accredited Mediator: Cheryl has recognized expertise as a mediator, having earned accreditation from the Ontario Association for Family Mediation.
  • ADR Professional Designation by the ADR Institute: Cheryl’s arbitration expertise is accredited by her professional designation from Ontario’s ADR Institute.
  • Recipient of Prestigious Awards and Recognitions: Cheryl’s excellence in family law is celebrated through numerous awards and recognitions, including the prestigious Ontario Bar Association’s Award for Excellence in Family Law.

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