Can you buy a car during a divorce filing in Illinois?

My future ex-husband and I both have separate cars, but I want to purchase a new one. Can I do so before the divorce is official? What will be the legal and financial implications?

Answer
“Cars in a marriage are considered community property even if the vehicle is registered in your name. If you decide to buy a new car, keep in mind that if you invest equity in the vehicle, it will be considered marital property until the time of divorce.
For example, if you invest $5,000 worth of equity, you will owe your future ex-spouse $2,500 when the divorce is finalized.
If you need a new vehicle right away, you might consider leasing in the meantime. You won’t invest any new equity, so you won’t have to split the value of a new car with your ex later on.
Divorces can be messy, especially when it comes to shared property and accounts. Another thing to be mindful of is dividing your car insurance policy (if you haven’t already).
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Sophie Newman
Answered on Aug 04, 2021
Sophie Newman is a writer from California. Her hobbies include brewing her own kombucha, riding horses, and taking long road trips.
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