Miami, FL asked in Divorce and Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: Can I take back full custody of my dogs since I'm legally the only owner even though I made a custody agreement?

Hello, I'm going through an amicable divorce. We share 2 pugs between ours homes and do one week on and one week off. I drew up a notorized document that outlines this just to have it on paper that we both signed. The other party brings in quite a few new people and has been taking the dogs to different houses which can create less security for them. If I feel they aren't safe, can I take over full custody at any time if I'm the only one that legally owns the dogs even though I drew up the custody agreement?

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Vanessa Vasquez de Lara
Vanessa Vasquez de Lara
  • Miami, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Dogs are considered property in the State of Florida. Therefore, it would be difficult for your ex to enforce the "custody agreement" you all made. You may want to discuss it with him and see if he'll agree to you having them full time. Otherwise, you may need to get help from someone that specializes in animal law.

Good luck.

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