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If my spouse abandons me and abandons her dogs here at our marital home that were her property prior to marriage that were very ill can I sue her for vet bills and care of the animals I'm in the state of Virginia the animals are considered property
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If you are forced to spend money to take care of your wife's individually owned property, you can sue her for repayment. It is unusual, but not illegal.

If the claim does not exceed $5000, you can sue in small claims court. Small claims court is designed to be a "user friendly", simplified process, so that you can present a claim without an attorney. Also, it moves much more quickly than regular court. You can get the necessary forms to start from the clerk of the court.

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