Dog Ownership Dispute Lawyer
Disputes Concerning the Ownership of Dogs, Their Access, and Their Custody
In the past year, Complete Clarity has experienced a 72 percent increase in instances involving ownership and/or joint possession of dog conflicts in Scotland. Dog ownership issues are getting more prevalent. Due to the nature of this sort of conflict, passions may escalate quickly. When a couple is splitting or has already separated, and there is a dispute over who gets the dog, pet ownership is most frequently contested.
Dog custody disputes might also arise between different parties attempting to assert ownership of the same animal.
Dog Dispute Lawyer Glasgow, Edinburgh & Dumfries, Scotland
At Complete Clarity, we recognise that needing a solicitor can be intimidating. We are well aware that you may be coping with an undesirable circumstance surrounding your dog or be apprehensive about the outcome of the dispute over your furry friend.
When you go into one of our offices, you’ll be greeted by one of our courteous staff. You will be provided with a warm beverage and a seat in our open waiting room. At this point, we'll need you to fill out our new clients form and provide details about the dog or family pet custody dispute.
Animal Custody Mediation Glasgow, Edinburgh & Dumfries, Scotland
Not every matter in dispute will require an Order from a Sheriff or Judge. Occasionally, a case can be resolved through mediation.
This involves a third person who will endeavour to assist the parties in reaching an agreement.
In cases where the Courts are involved, the Sheriff or Judge will require to make a decision on who owns the dog.
Scottish Law - Ownership of Animals and Pet Access Questions
Who gets to choose who gets the dog?
A dog is classified as a 'chattel' in the legal system. They are essentially considered as a possession, similar to a vehicle or an expensive piece of furniture!
We recognise that a dog is more likely to be considered as a much-loved part of the family by its owner, but we do not assume that this is how the Court will perceive it. A Court will decide who the owner is in a dog ownership dispute.
The following may also be ordered -
An order for the dog's return
A monetary fine for wrongful retention of the dog
What Happens Once The Court Case Concludes?
Although not all dog or pet owners disputes wind up in court, If the court determines that the dog or pet is jointly owned, the court may order that possession of the animal be divided, or that one party has possession of the pet (although there are no legal standards on how this should be resolved), or that the disputing parties sell the dog and split the proceeds (in theory).
There is no single piece of evidence that proves who is the dog owner conclusively. When evaluating pet ownership the Courts will consider various pieces of evidence.
These include written and oral evidence on:
- Who appears on the insurance certificate as the dog owners?
- Who generally looks after the dog or family pet?
- Who is responsible for the dog's daily expenses?
- Whether the dog was purchased before or during the connection (and if the latter, were you living together at the time).
- If the parties were living together at the time of the purchase and it was a joint agreement to get a dog as a pet for the family unit, the dog will almost certainly be considered jointly owned. However, no two instances are ever the same, thus tailored guidance on the specific facts of the case should be obtained.
- Who purchased the dog? (including whose name is on the contract made with the rescue centre or breeder)
- Who’s name is included in the microchip database in the united kingdom?
- Was the dog or pet purchased as a gift?
- Whose name is on file at the vet's office?