Breakup, who gets custody of a disputed pet?
June 28, 2011 6:32 PM Subscribe
How to deal with a question of custody of a pet after a breakup?
posted by 1024x768 to Pets & Animals (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am posting this question for a friend. My friend writes:
"My girlfriend, "S", recently moved out of her ex's ("R") apartment. They shared a parrot. R paid for the parrot originally, but S took care of her: cleaned her cage, fed her, etc. Both partners paid for vet bills and food. S thinks that R cannot find documentation that proves that R bought the parrot.
S feels she has a much stronger emotional attachment to the parrot. In addition she is very concerned over the parrot's well being, as R has been negligent in taking care of the parrot and her other pets recently. R has been suffering from an acute relapse of a mental illness and has been in and out of a mental hospital and has neglected the parrot for over a month. These relapses have happened before, and have resulted in R not taking care of her pets for the duration.
R is threatening to call the police if S goes by the apartment and takes the parrot. The only reason that R paid for the bird in the first place is because R made more money than S. It was a live-in partnership for more than 1.5 years, with shared expenses and basically unofficial domestic partnership.
Do you think that S can legally get away with taking the parrot, whom she loves, or would the police be able to repossess it for R, or would R win in a legal battle over this bird? If it matters, this is in Illinois."