I am separated and we have a 10plus year old dog. I am going on vacation and he agreed to watch the dog. Now that it’s getting closer he is saying he won’t do it. The dog is too old for a kennel and I can’t afford a pet sitter. Is there anything I can do to have him watch the dog?
I have changed the practice area. This is one of those mutually assured destruction things that arise out of divorce/separation situations, not anything to do with other areas of the law. I do not - thank heaven! - practice in the field. FWIW you should understand that pets are "things" in the eyes of the law. This is 100% a fight between the two humans about what each one promised to do for the other. That is the legal framework.
I do not "know" the answer because, as I said, I do not practice in the field. That said, as a fellow human I am nigh to 100% sure that only negotiation done with ears more open than mouths will achieve anything close to an acceptable result.
My best wishes to all involved. These are always terrible situations however petty they may seem from the outside.
That's a tough one. I've never heard of a court order to make someone take care of a dog, although you should sit down with your attorney and discuss your options. I can't do research on this for you but if you go to an attorney, he or she should be able to research the matter and advise you.
If the dog belongs to both of you, maybe you can get him to kick in on a pet sitter. If it's 50/50 maybe you can afford it better.
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