Trying to Remove Ex from Car Title

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My ex-husband and I have been divorced for 4 years now, but his name is still on my truck title. We added his name when we married because that was just what people did, but now that we are divorced it’s been a headache. When we divorced I did everything. He was abusive, having an affair, and one day just left without warning and he was gone. He left me with our rent, all our bills, and I had to scramble to take care of myself financially. I had to file for divorce and pay for it, but I couldnt afford food, much less the additional lawyer fees and expense of deciding things like who gets what car in the divorce proceedings. I was occasionally able to get in touch with him but didnt feel safe meeting him in the conditions he set in order to sign off on titles (the car I financed and he took is also in both of our names). When I tried to set time and places where I knew I would be safe, he would procrastinate or cancel last minute or drop off the face of the earth again. The truck barely runs and my current husband and I would like to sell it or at least scrap it but can’t do so without my ex’s signiture on the title too. He has continually refused for years to sign off on it, and at the moment I don’t even know where he is or how to contact him, plus Im afraid of what would happen if I did. I’ve done everything I can to become unfindable by him so to undo that by trying to contact him is scary. What can I do to remove his name from my truck title? Are we just stuck with things this way?

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Unfortunately, without a court order or separation agreement requiring him to transfer the title of the vehicle to you, there is no other way to have his name removed from the title.


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