Buford, GA asked in Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia

Q: Animal Custody In Georgia

Me and my ex recently broke up and just a couple months before he purchased a puppy claiming he bought it for me. His name is on the adoption form because I was not there for the adoption and he did pay for it. I was the main caretaker of the puppy. He only ever paid for things. All of the vet records are in my name because I am the one that did all of the caretaking. My ex does not have time for a puppy due to his job. He works late hours and goes out of town a lot. I asked him if we could do split custody and I would only have him with me for 3 days per week. My ex agreed to this but then later changed and said he was adding a stipulation that I had to show him proof that I'm going to therapy and that I would not be alone with the puppy until I get therapy for my depression. This puppy was originally going to be my emotional support animal and I was going to go through the process and pay for it myself because that is what I was told by my ex that I could do.

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Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: A dog is considered personal property. Sharing a dog with an ex is a recipe for disaster. I suggest you adopt a new dog from a shelter.

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