Allston, MA asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Massachusetts

Q: Hello I want to go to court to get custody of my dogs and so I can you please advice me on what I should do? Thank you


I have a question about two of my dogs. I was with someone for 6 years and after a year in a relationship. He gifted me a dog. I also ended up buying my other dogs. In that relationship every time I tried to leave he would threatened to take both dogs. It took me a while before I finally had enough and left. It’s almost three years that we are doing every other week with both dogs in our care. Now I finally have enough of it as he is trying to control some times with the dogs and also threaten me of taking to court when I said I’m moving to another state for a new position. I think technically both dogs are mine because he gifted me one and I bought one. In this three years the we are doing every other week of taking care of the dogs. Everytime that’s the dogs go to the vets I offer him money but he will not let me pay. But I notice in one of the Bill that it’s only his name that’s on their. He also might have registered the dogs under his name only.

1 Lawyer Answer
Brian Waller
Brian Waller
  • Worcester, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: Even though dogs are part of the family, this actually isn't a family law issue, it is a property issue. In divorces, pets are handled in the same way as property and divided between the parties in some way. Sometimes there is an every-other-week arrangement like you agreed to previously. When the parties aren't married and can't agree, you would need to pursue something in district court.

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