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.
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.