Q: I was in a relationship and bought a car. My ex boyfriend's name is on the title, what are my rights

I was in a relationship and during the course of the relationship, I took out a car loan and bought a car. I have been making monthly payments on the car and I paid the initial processing fees. My ex boyfriend's name is on the title for the car and he used to receive upkeep for the car through his job. In order for him to get that upkeep I wrote a letter to his employer stating that he had use of the car. While we were in the relationship, my ex had full use of the car. Now that we have broken up, he believes he has acquired interest in the car and is entitled to half. I do not want to sell my car or give him half but I am willing to reimburse him the upkeep spent on the car. Please advice as to my rights and likely outcome of this matter

1 Lawyer Answer
Tami Lane Augen
Tami Lane Augen
  • Arbitration & Mediation Lawyer
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You are both owners of the vehicle as you are both on the title. If you are the only one who signed the promissory note to purchase/pay for the vehicle, then you are the only person legally responsible for the vehicle. He is correct in that he does have an ownership interest in the vehicle. If the vehicle has a loan on it, then it may not have any equity so it is unclear what "half" of the value would be. You may want to also post this in civil litigation as it is not really a family law question. You may obtain some additional information there in regard to possible remedies.

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