Am I Financially Liable For A Car My Wife Bought During The Divorce?

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My wife recently bought a car even though we are getting ready to divorce.

Is it possible for me to be held financially liable for the car even though I did not sign off on her purchasing the vehicle and am not on the loan?

Pennsylvania divorce attorney Maura Boogay


Each state is different in terms of what is considered marital property, debts, obligations and how those are divided during a divorce.

In Pennsylvania for example, if your wife purchased a car with marital funds prior to date of separation (which could be before the divorce complaint and would of course be before the date of divorce), the asset would be marital.

The note thereon would be subtracted from the value of the car. If she is going to retain the vehicle, she’d be responsible for the note. However, if the debt outweighed the value of the car, this would be considered a marital obligation.

On the other hand, in Pennsylvania, if the wife purchased the vehicle after the date of separation, the vehicle is separate property and her separate liability.

You need to consult with a local attorney to determine when the cut-off date for marital property occurs in your state.

Laws regarding property division and the separation of assets are state-dependent, meaning only an attorney familiar with your state’s statutes would be able to provide accurate information in regards to your specific case.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your potential case.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Pennsylvania divorce lawyer Maura Boogay, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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