my boyfriend and i are trying to work things out and out of court. if things dont work out now that I canceled the motion for posession of my dog can i reopen again at a later time if it's not dismissed with prejudice? Also how long do I have to file per the state law? Could there be a new occurance if we do get back together and he takes her again? The dog is in my name on her dog tag and microchip and I paid the vet bills, will a judge award her to me as the owner?
General Practice Lawyer
For your specific questions about the motion you should consult an attorney in Grand Rapids who can evaluate the specifics of your situation.
Generally speaking in a divorce proceeding the judge will treat that pet like any piece of personal property and divide it up in a fair and equitable manner if the parties can't agree on how it should be handled. The judge may consider things such as who paid for the care of the animal and the conduct of the parties toward the animal in making a decision.