Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Family Law for Oregon

Q: Not divorced but wife wants car I bought for her. Car in my name. Is she entitled to it as transportation or should I

1 Lawyer Answer
Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman
Answered
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: There is just no way to answer that question with such limited information. When you go through the divorce process the court will evaluate all the property acquired during the marriage (and that includes property you had before the marriage to the extent that the value increased during the marriage) and the court will also look at all the debts incurred during the marriage. The court tries to apportion property and debts 50:50. But the court can also consider whether one spouse is financially dependent on the other spouse and aware support to that spouse and sometimes the court may award more property. Whose name is on the title doesn't matter when the court does this analysis. I hope that helps. But you will have to go an talk to an attorney to get a more precise answer for your specific situation.

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