Huh? I do not understand what is being asked, this is kind of like a law school exam question. It appears there are several issues. First, you took care of your ex's pets and are seeking compensation for your service. Second she is claiming an assault was made against her by you, therefore she does not have to pay you. In addition she has things which you feel should be returned to you. Consult with a family law attorney to ascertain what assets and debts need to be equitably distributed between you and your ex, and see if an agreement can be negotiated, if not seek court intervention to have a judge sort it all out. Good luck.
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I dont know the Fla rules about small claims court. You have to see if you can sue where you live, or where she lives. You have to prove there was an agreement she would pay yyou to watch the dogs, and how much. if there was damage etc done by the dog, you have to prove that. if she has persoanl property of yours, you have to prove that and the value. She can cross complain for assault or battery. you will need to prove she attacked you. Does she have the money to pay if you win?
You might contact some of the small claim court tv shows. they love cases like this. if they agree to have your case, I think they pay each side, so that may be a away for you to collect money. You just have to agree to have this shown on natl TV.
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