Will Our Vehicle Be Considered Marital Property?

dividing car as marital propertyQuestion:

If I bought a vehicle while still married does that vehicle belong to both me and my wife after we divorce if only my name is on the registration?


While I am not licensed to practice law in your state, I can give some general guidance on this issue.

Equitable distribution is the term used to describe the process in which the courts will divide the parties’ marital property equitably. There are a number of factors the court will use in determining how to divide all marital property.

Miami divorce lawyer Christina Lapadula
Miami divorce lawyer Christina Lapadula

You stated that your name was on the registration for the vehicle but you did not mention whether you were solely making payments on the vehicle. In any case, the vehicle would most likely be considered marital property subject to equitable distribution during your dissolution of marriage.

However, if your spouse made some payments, then she would be entitled to a portion of the value of the vehicle and she would be obligated to pay a portion of what is owed to you for the financing.

I would encourage you to contact a domestic litigation attorney licensed in your area that can examine the full details of your situation.

Remember I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Florida divorce lawyer Christina Lapadula, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on CordellCordell.com, CordellCordell.co.uk, and DadsDivorce.com, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

One comment on “Will Our Vehicle Be Considered Marital Property?

    I have a divorce pending, the basis of her claim is previous history of violence, but the history shows none, yet the judge signed the PTO on this and had me removed from house, without checking my history. OK, now the real reason, I was correcting her 21 yr. old son about leaving a loaded weapon lying around while he leaves with girlfriend for the weekend, upon returning I hid the weapon an told him he would have to call police to get it back, he did , and I give it back but said the gun was not allowed in my house anymore. The next day I reported him to family and children service, and told him they would be coming out to see him, he started to crying ,now his mother got mad at me told me I was the one that was going to leave, the next day she attempted to have me charged with battery, they charged us both, and the charges were dropped. the next day she filed for divorce. I am in total agreement the Judge’s, just want to get on to the next case, they allow anything that a woman says to be true, the man is guilty no matter what, even though he was my stepson , was I supposed to let him continue to neglect the lives of others around him due to his lack if irresponsibility?

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