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#774086 - 11/20/17 12:53 AM Might have to go back to court, after divorce???
mk23 Offline
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Registered: 11/20/17
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I was divorced in Michigan January 23rd of this year 2017. My now, ex-wife. Has been late on car payments on a vehicle that's in both of our names. and isn't maintaining car insurance on the vehicle. In the divorce decree. It says she is responsible for that vehicle and owes me $5,000, which she hasn't paid. I went back to my attorney. my attorney suggested we go to court to reposes the car. to sell it. well the lone is for more than the car is worth. talking double the value of the car. my lawyer is telling me that if she crashes, I'll be responsible. I also can't really afford to make the car payments/insurance myself. I have my own bills. nor can I afford the $5,000 I would have to fork-over to have to sell the car, to clear the title. to maybe get bluebook value. I guess my question is, what should I do? Doesn't seem like they could go after me if she wrecks because, in the divorce decree it says she's responsible for it? What's the best course of action to move forward? I've never heard of going back to court after a divorce??

#774095 - 11/21/17 07:58 PM Re: Might have to go back to court, after divorce??? [Re: mk23]
MinnesotaMom Offline

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Registered: 01/05/11
Posts: 880
Yes, they can go after you. Too late now, but it's imperative to get all financial entanglements separated before divorce as what's happened to you is very common. I'd file for contempt for her non-payment and let a judge order her (again) to pay, but this time he/she will add sanctions if she doesn't. Right now she doens't have any besides ruining her credit, which she doesn't seem to care.

#774097 - 11/23/17 03:54 PM Re: Might have to go back to court, after divorce??? [Re: mk23]
TJMH Offline


Registered: 07/17/15
Posts: 349
Neither the lender nor a civil liability court are going to care about your divorce decree. If your name is on the loan you're responsible for it, which is why a properly drafted property settlement would have required her to get you off of the loan within a specific period of time, by selling the car if necessary.

If you're worried about liability you can still transfer the title to her name only, although that would limit your leverage in being able to take possession of the car.

I'd agree, you need to go back to the court to get specific orders issued to deal with this.


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