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Were ou legally married or in a defacto relationship?
Normally, where a person has title, registration and posession of a vehicle then the vehicle, in legal terms, belongs to that person. In this type of situation it is usually much less expensive, stressful and time consumng for both parties if some sort of amicable negotiated settlement can be reached. However, even if he did argue that there was some sort of agreement between you that he would retain ownership of the vehicle and mount a legal action to enforce this, you could look at countering this claim with a claim for the value of the damages owing to you as a result of your cars having being destroyed earlier on. Whatever the outcome, I cannot give you formal advice because I am not liscened to practice in your state, I can only give you general information. A family lawyer who would be able to issue you with professional advice can be found here:
Auditore Specialist Family Lawyers
4th Floor,XXXXXMelbourne (Corner of Little Lonsdale Street)near Flagstaff Station and Family Court of Australia
Telephone: (+613) 9670 9677 Fax: (+613) 9602 2267 Email: [email protected]
I hope that this is helpful.