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

Answers:

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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