If I paid for a vehicle by myself and put it in my name and my girlfriends name, do I have the rights to the vehicle if we break up?

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If I paid for a vehicle by myself and put it in my name and my girlfriends name, do I have the rights to the vehicle if we break up?

She paid nothing at all.

Asked on October 16, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you put her name on the title with yours then you are joint owners of the vehicle and you both have equal rights to ownership. You could sue her for half of the money paid but she may say it was a gift.  And how will you dispute that?  Good luck.


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