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My boyfriend bought car for me; I make the car payments through his account. He and his wife have been separated for 9 years. We do not own the car. Will the court award her the car?

Asked on October 18, 2019 under Family Law, Colorado

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If he was still married when he bought the car, the car is a marital asset: he used money to which she had a claim to buy it. That gives her a claim to it. California is a "community property" state: that means half of anything acquired during marriage belongs to each spouse. She is likely entitled to half the car's value--she might not get the car itself, but the car's value will be factored into dividing their assets, if and when they divorce.


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