Los Angeles, CA asked in Divorce for Illinois

Q: Two names on title, getting divorced. Ex refuses to give car back for repossession.

My ex and I are getting divorced in Illinois, we bought a car together in 2014 in Virginia when I was in the military and now we are separated, I don't know her location which in a way is easier for my divorce. I have tried to find her but no one is willing to tell me where she or the car is. The bank wants to repossess vehicle which hasn't been paid since 2015, my ex refuses to give the car up and because we are still married I don't know what to do. I don't have the car documents, she re-registered the vehicle and got new license plates, I feel stuck and don't know what to do. We are both on the title, and I want out.

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Brandon C. Mayberry
Brandon C. Mayberry
  • Marion, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: If both names are on the title then you are both responsible for it. Even after its repossessed you may be responsible for the debt left. You should speak to an attorney. They may be able to subpoena the DMV to find the address that is registered to the VIN.

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