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What the nature of the underlying debt or default on your part that gave her lien rights?
A lien is a recorded document. You need to get the lien document from the county recorders office to see what ex claims you owe her. Another possibility is that you both were on title and even though you were awarded the house, you never got a release deed from the ex, so she still shows up on title.
To get the line removed you have to sue her to quiet title to the property and prove that you do not owe her anything, but the first step is as above, go to the recorders office and do a document search under your name and her name or the property's tax ID parcel number, to find out what she is claiming.
Ok on the quit claim - assuming it was recorded.
So, to remove the lien you either pay off the debt that is the basis for the lien and get a lien release from her or you prove the lien is frivolous in a suit vs. her. But it all starts with research at the recorder's office - unless the bank can get you this info. Some county recorders have o line records search services, so you may be able to do this from California.
Typo, o line records search . . . should have been online records search ...