Dayton, OH asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio

Q: My girlfriend who l lived with 11 years moved out and took the dogs we bought together. can i get shared custody?

She bought a house and came into my house when I was not there and took the dogs and now will not let me see them.

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Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Greenwood Village, CO

A: I’m not sure if your situation falls under common law marriage (or if Ohio recognizes such) so I’d suggest you figure that out first. You may need to file for divorce and division of debt/property.

If you are not considered common law married you need to file a replevin action against her and be prepared to prove you own the dogs. Courts typically do not order shared custody with out an agreement by the parties. I do not recommend asking for visitation/joint custody with an ex.

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