Asked in Divorce and Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: Is there any precedent or possibility of receiving financial support for the maintenance of domestic pets?

My spouse left me with 28 animals (cats and dogs) and is not in a position to take any of them. Many of them will live for another 10+ years. The cost of maintaining them is about one third of my monthly income.

We do not have any shared property, assets, or children. It should be a very straight forward simple divorce, except for the question of the financial support of the pets maintenance.

Is it worth the time and money to try to legally require him to pay for a portion of their care for a time? Or is there so little legal precedence for this that it would likely cost a lot of money for a court to tell me no?

I am considering filing in either FL or IA.

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Rand Scott Lieber
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A: In Florida pets are considered property. The court could order that the animals be divided 50/50 between the two of you but there will be no financial support.

Lynette Silon-Laguna agrees with this answer

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