The Nonhuman Rights Project has sued for the release of chimpanzees from a privately owned zoo in New York on the grounds of illegal detention according to the December 16, 2013 edition of The Weekly Standard. Do animals have rights that must be protected in a divorce? What happens if a beloved pet is the subject of a “custody” dispute? In Louisiana, a dog or cat has no family law rights. Phideaux is property just like a beloved recliner. However, in some cases courts may assign assets to one spouse or the other. If you are worried about custody of your special pet, seek legal advice.