Two Names Sign on Title, One Name Leaves
July 13, 2010 10:10 AM Subscribe
NotMyLawyerFilter: How can we get my girlfriend's ex-husband's name off her car title? Of course, there are complications...
posted by Saxon Kane to Law & Government (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend bought a car, and her (then) husband co-signed, so his name is on the title.
When they divorced, she kept the car (as it had always been hers). She has been solely responsible for car payments. When they divorced, they also filed bankruptcy. I don't know if there was ever any official documentation filed at the time of divorce/bankruptcy dealing with the ownership of the car, but his name is still on the title.
Since then, her ex has gotten numerous moving violations. Because his name is on the title, her auto insurance rates are through the roof. She and her ex are not on speaking terms at all, and to our knowledge, he is now living in another state and we don't know how to get in touch with him. She thinks that he would refuse to sign off on removing his name from the title anyway, just to be a jerk.
She's about to pay off the car, but we'd really like to get his name off of it. It would definitely lower her insurance rates; plus, we're not sure if she could even sell the car without his signature. Any Help?
PS: They bought the car, were married, divorced, and declared bankruptcy in Arizona, if that makes a difference.