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Who has legal rights to a dog during a break up? It was

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Who has legal rights to a dog during a break up? It was technically a gift to my ex boyfriend but the dog is in my name all vet groomer and other bills are in my name. I have been the primary caregiver and am with the dog 7 days a week. Ex boyfriend works out of town 5-6 days a week.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 2 years ago.


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I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

Unfortunately, the courts treat pets as property. This means that if you acknowledge that the dog was a gift to your boyfriend or he can prove that it was a gift through letters, cards, or witness testimony, then the courts will view the dog as his, notwithstanding all the things you have done.

But if you can show that it was always yours, or that he gave it back to you, or that it was jointly yours and his, the courts may side with you. You can use all the things that you have described as evidence supporting that the dog is in fact yours. This is especially so if you have registration papares that names you as the dogs owner.

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