Dogs Registered as Emotional Support Dogs and Divorce. HELP!!

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
Member
2838 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Does your mom have a lawyer? This is definitely a question for an attorney who specializes in family law in your state. So many things about family law are very state-specific, it’s unlikely that anyone here would be able to give you a reliable answer. If you need help finding a lawyer, most city/state bar associations have free lawyer referral services, and some courthouses will be able to refer you to resources for people who are appearing without lawyers. 

Post # 4
Member
1032 posts
Bumble bee

If they are in HER name and she goes through the legality of making them emotional support animals she has a good chance. Animals are look at as property. Did she come into the marriage with the dogs or were they bought during?

Post # 5
Member
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

You cant really just register the dogs as emotional support dogs without getting evidence of disability that would be helped by the dogs from a physician or other medical professional. Simply loving the dogs a lot doesn’t make them eligible to be ESAs

That said, in the eyes of the law the dogs are property. If your mom can prove (through vet bills or adoption papers or whatever) that they are HER property and not joint property, then its likely she can make an argument to keep them in the divorce

Post # 6
Member
906 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Your mom’s first step would be to get a diagnosis of depression or anxiety and a letter from her mental health professional prescribing an emotional support dog. I don’t believe both dogs could be considered emotional support dogs but I may be wrong. 

Post # 7
Member
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

MrsPiggles:  I wish I knew.  Hugs to your mom.  I hope that if you have any of your wedding photos with him ( I remember that struggle) that they are now burned.  Good luck to you and your mom.  I hope she gets everything, including the dogs.  

Post # 10
Member
1032 posts
Bumble bee

So this is sneaky. But they’re not divorced?  write Her a check for sale of the pups. If she sold them to you……. Just saying. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  EDubbs.
Post # 11
Member
195 posts
Blushing bee

Take both dogs and do the registration in your name. Don’t take just one, it sounds like this asshat would take the other dog out of spite if he could. 

Post # 12
Member
812 posts
Busy bee

Have her sell them to a “friend” for a dollar and give him half the money. Then after the divorce, get them back. 

Post # 13
Member
1032 posts
Bumble bee

Just make sure there’s a paper trail. CASHED CHECK. Then you should personally make them emotional support animals for yourself. dot the eyes cross the Ts. 

Post # 14
Member
1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

I hate to say it but I agree with the “selling” of the dogs.  Give him half.  Don’t separate the dogs and do what you need to in order to keep them with your mom.  Also, I’m so sorry for your mom.  Good luck to her.  

Leave a comment


Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors