Is my ex husband financially responsible for the family dog?

Is my ex husband financially responsible for the family dog?
Q:I have a daughter who is 10 years old. My husband got a dog 9 years ago, who is 9 years old. Last time we separated he took care of no animals (cats, dog turtle). I am considering divorce and want to know if there is animal custody. The dog is something he purchased and he wanted. He now hates the dog but she is part of the family and I do not consider “getting rid of her” an option, she is family. Can I request financial support due to the fact he plans to provide no care?

A:Ideally when individuals separate or divorce, they can reach an amicable agreement for the care and custody of the family pets, including who gets the animals and pays for their care (which is typically the person who gets custody of the animals). While a divorcing spouse can request financial support for the care of animals, there have not been many cases where “petimony” has been awarded. In one case where the divorcing spouses agreed to share custody of the dog, the court ordered the husband to pay up to $150 a month for the dog’s care. Reportedly, the ex-wife of former NYC Mayor Giuliani sought more than $1000 a month for the family dog’s needs (but her request was denied).
Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott