When a Washington couple decides to call it quits, there are a number of topics that might be a source of disagreement. Those debates often continue even after the divorce is made final, and many couples end up returning to court to settle arguments over how the terms of the settlement are being met. An example is found in the case of a pet owner who claims that her former husband has neglected to make good on his promise to help support their beloved English bulldog, named Lola.
In the couple’s divorce agreement, the wife was to assume physical control over the dog, while the husband agreed to pay for the cost of her care. Specifically, he agreed to pay a monthly amount of $200 per month, and to cover all of Lola’s feeding expenses and half of any veterinary care. According to his former wife, however, those obligations have gone unmet.
Lola’s caregiver has filed a lawsuit asking for reimbursement. She asserts that she has paid $12,000 for Lola’s care, and an additional $18,000 in feeding costs and more than $2,000 in vet care. It is unclear whether these expenses cover the entire six years since the couple separated, or are for a shorter period of time.
If the matter goes before a court, a judge could decide how much money the former wife will receive in reimbursement for Lola’s care. In addition to the pet care issues, the former wife also claims that her husband owes her nearly $100,000 for other property settlement matters. For Washington residents who are struggling with their own issues regarding divorce agreement compliance, it may be time to contact a family law attorney to review the available options.
Source: nydailynews.com, “Man owes Manhattan ex-wife $32,000 in dog alimony after financially abandoning pooch: lawsuit“, Chelsia Rose Marcius, Aug. 25, 2017