East Orange, NJ asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey

Q: My ex and I bought a dog. We broke up. What our my odds of getting the dog? She wants to share the dog I do not.

The dog is on my credit card and I'm the main name on the vet and doggy day care record. I have credit card records showing all of the food and toys I have purchased for him. Also have all of the vet bills and 6 out of 8 are on my credit card. The last 4 months (post breakup) I have made a note of giving him his heartworm and flea medicine. She has not done anything for his well being except take him to her parents when its convenient. I was the sole name on the town dog license for two years then we bought a house and her name was placed on the dog license. She has made payments to me via venmo for various bills. However, she never directly put what it was for. It has always been an emoji of some sort, never any words. I am not sure if she can prove what she was paying me for with just an emoji. Is this something worth pursing or will a judge just say sorry too bad you need to share him? We live in NJ.

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Leonard R. Boyer
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  • Clifton, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Do you seriously believe a Court will want to get involved in this matter? I can understand that a dog is almost like a child, but a Judge may not be so tolerant. Perhaps you could give you ex a different dog to try to work this out?

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