Plaintiff, Ilich Jorquera, is suing ex-girlfriend Carla Pimentel for $11 million in Queens Supreme Court, because he claims she ran away with their two-year-old Schnauzer named Guapo after they broke up. The plaintiff claims he has suffered from extreme emotional distress as a result of the loss. The plaintiff’s ex – girlfriend, however, alleges that she took herself and the dog away from the plaintiff for safety reasons since he verbally and physically abused her. As a result, she said she was forced to get a court order of protection. Full story.
Unlike child custody battles, animals are considered property according to the law. Under New York Domestic Relations Law, if you are married, in order to be able to seek a divorce decree from the NY courts, the petitioner must satisfy a residency requirement in order for the NY court to have jurisdiction over the marriage. Under New York law, a petitioner would need to prove a spouse had some kind of permanency in NY. The petitioner or respondent must plead and prove to be a NY domicile before he or she is able plead a prima facie matrimonial cause of action, as well as avoid a civil practice, CPLR 3211(a)(7), motion to dismiss the case for failure to state a cause of action. There are 3 ways to satisfy the NY residency requirement. See also: Domestic Relations Law Section 230.
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