Clear title to car


Dear Buck:

Greetings. If you do not have a promissory note, then you will not likely have to pay her anything. I doubt a judge would change the vehicles you have between the two of you or require him to sell the vehicle. Keep your head up and good luck.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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My mother-in-law purchased a car for me and I paid her monthly. The car is 4 years old. After paying for a period of time, she said she no longer wanted any payment and gave me a letter stating that anything she’s given to me and my husband in the past is considered a gift.

Now that we’re divorcing she says is only fair that I pay her the balance of $4,000. I have a clear title to the car.

Will the Judge require me to pay the $4,000 she’s requested?

Also, his Lexus was bought while we were married. We don’t have any other marital property to speak of. What are the chances the Judge would require him to give me his car, and me give him the car his mother bought for m? Or require him to sell the car and split the proceeds?