Q: In the seperation/settlement agreement,can I include the expense of the dog care I'm providing?
I'm trying to settle with a seperation agreement and avoid court. 50/50 split debt and equity. No kids. Minimal assests. I'm refinancing and keeping the house. Paying out her equity. Close to equal income. She is planning on taking 5 dogs. I will be keeping 1 dog, 2 rabbits, 1 goat and 6 ducks. I have taken care of her 5 dogs since she left the property two month ago. She wants her dogs once she buys her house in 1.5 years after her lease expires.
Will the care for the animals hold up in court as a substitute for the alleged inequality in the net assests? Dog care for 5 dogs ×1 year is ~$56k if boarded. She is overvaluing the house and possessions she left behind. The ammount difference she is arguing is ~10k. I'd prefer not waste my time arguing the small items she wants to include in her financial valuation. I'd rather use the sum of the dog care as the compensation for the extra 10k she thinks she is owed. This seems more then fair on my part however is it lawful?
A: What makes you think the Court would award a 50/50 split? As to the agreement - you can set it up virtually anyway you want. The trick is to get her to agree to it and sign it. Of course, if you are doing your own agreement odds are you should be more concerned about properly drafting it instead of trying to accurately calculate the value of dog care.
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