Can my ex-wife be held liable for any accident that I have with my car since we still live together in her place and I still use her address?

I am currently divorced but my ex and I still live together in an apartment that she owns. I am considering purchasing/leasing a car and am trying to determine whether or not my ex could be legally liable for any accident involving the car, even though she would not be a driver but because either the car is registered to the residence she owns or because of our living arrangement.

Asked on September 17, 2015 under Accident Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Living together would not make her liable, since you are divorced and no longer spouses nor would the car being registered to a residence she also lives at. If she is on the car's title if she is a de facto owner, by paying some of the upkeep or expenses or if she is using/borrowing the car when there is an accident, then she could be liable.

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