Hector E. Quiroga's answer Regarding the animal cruelty issue: it will depend, first of all, on the statute under which you are charged. Also, you say you pled guilty and that your case was dismissed. If you pled guilty, your case was not likely dismissed, and there were likely charges. You will want to consult with an immigration attorney familiar with criminal law in your area to find out the possible implications in your case.
It is also likely that, because this all happened more than five years ago and is...
Amanda Bowden Houser's answer What makes you think the Court would award a 50/50 split? As to the agreement - you can set it up virtually anyway you want. The trick is to get her to agree to it and sign it. Of course, if you are doing your own agreement odds are you should be more concerned about properly drafting it instead of trying to accurately calculate the value of dog care.
Amanda Bowden Houser's answer It likely depends on who owns the dog as to who gets to keep the dog. However, there may be some legal options so he should consult with a local attorney who can go over the situation in more detail and lay out his options.
Peter N. Munsing's answer It'll be a question of who had responsibility for the dog at the time. Suggest you contact a member of the NCAssn for Justice such as Doug Abrams in Raleigh--you can use my name; he'll give you a free consult.
Mr. Douglas A. Petho's answer There would have to be a determination that the treatment of the dogs amounts to animal abuse or cruelty, not negligence. the owners could then be charged and the animals removed .I would contact local police department to find out what agency, either animal control, Sheriff's Department etc.would be involved in the investigation.
Melissa Averett's answer You certainly have a valid claim. It would also help, in addition to the receipts you listed, if you paid county taxes for the dog. Even if you decide to represent yourself, you should consult with an attorney in your county before drafting, filing, and serving the necessary complaint and civil summons. No one can guarantee you will win, or give you odds (that would be an ethical violation), but an experienced civil attorney in your district can tell you if they think its worth the time,...
Robert Jason De Groot's answer The children want the cat, right? It is a stray cat, right? Have you read the local city or county ordinance concerning animal control? Is it worth actually going to see an attorney about this, or will you just let the children have the cat that they want?
Melissa Averett's answer Assuming you acquired the dogs during the marriage, then the dogs are marital property ( I know they are children to you, but the law sees them as property, like your car or your couch). So, you keeping them is not theft, anymore than you keeping whatever furniture you have in your possession that was bought during the marriage. The dogs belong to both of you equally. That said, if he comes and gets them, that is not stealing either, but it might be domestic criminal trespass if you have...
Robert Jason De Groot's answer The horse being stolen was a crime against you which you should have reported to the police back then. It might be too late at this stage to do that, because you knew about it back then and did not report it. People cannot just sit on their rights for years and then expect to be able to do something about it. Go see a local lawyer about this problem, for a full and frank discussion of what, if anything, can be done for you at this stage.
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