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Good evening. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help. How nice that your husband is so interested in the welfare of your dog, correct? Joking aside, what reason could there possibly be for awarding ownership of the dog to anyone but you? As you said, you were the owner of the dog before the marriage. You have a genuine attachment to the animal, and he seems mostly interested in using the animal as some kind of emotional leverage. The animal can't speed divided, so the question I have is "why should he get the dog?"
Colorado is an "Equitable distribution" state. In an equitable distribution state, the courts to have the power to order one spouse to give up their separate property to render a fair outcome for the divorcing spouses. However, I have to ask why fairness would demand that your husband gets the dog that you brought into the marriage and love? There may be something special about your situation that you're not telling me, but it's not an all clear to me why the court would award your dog to your husband in a divorce. If anything, it's most likely for any given case that the court would be angered by a husband's blatant disregard for the other spouse's emotional needs and wants. Let me know if he has a compelling explanation for why he should get to take your dog away from you, but the general rule is that a dog stays with its owner.
Well, that is a less offensive explanation, but it still doesn't explain why his emotional attachment should supersede your emotional attachment. I can't blame him for wanting the dog, but there's no legal justification that you've provided to explain why a court would defer to him in this matter. It's your dog, you love the dog, and we don't live in a country where a husband gets to take his wife's dog away from her simply because he says he wants it more.
Does that make sense?