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Leased a car under my own name before filing for divorce.

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Leased a car under my own name before filing for divorce. Down payment was money donated by my family. Does husband have any right to it?
Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Generally, the courts in your state will look at property that was acquired during marriage and try to split it equally upon divorce. Typically, if a party receives funds as a gift from a family member solely to them (i.e. if it is money left in a will, trust funds, or small personal items) it is usually not subject to equitable division. In your case, if the money was given to you specifically as a gift for the down payment on a leased vehicle, there is a very low probability that the court will consider your vehicle to be equitably distributable. The only exception would be if you’re suing marital funds to make the payments and the amount of money you’ve paid using those funds.

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