The supposed standard for child custody in family courts is the “best interest of the child.” The Vermont Supreme Court has now extended that to the best interest of the dog.
Since the court treated the dog like a child in applying a “best interest” analysis, it explained the difference between child and dog custody under the law. In both cases, the judge can override the rights of the adults and even reject agreements that the couple may have signed.
The difference, according to the Vermont Supreme Court, is that the legislature has given the family court judge authority to play a continuing role in supervising a child’s parents, but no authority to micro-manage dog care or, as the court says, “the care and sharing of a companion animal.” In other words, the court treats a parent like a child, and a dog owner like an adult.
Marriage and family are not just being redefined to suit the gays and lesbians. They are being redefined to kill family autonomy and parental rights, and to bring child-rearing under the supervision of government so-called experts