I have a vehicle that I purchased prior to my marriage. It is paid off, but my ex-husband decided that since he drove it while we were married it was his to take, and he did. He has been hiding it for the last year, refusing to tell me where it is. I have the title free and clear, and his name is not now, nor ever has been on it. Police say I cannot report it stolen because he had prior authorization to use it. Does anyone have any idea how I can go about legally "repossessing" my own vehicle? He wont drive it because it hasnt been registered/inspected/insured since he took it from me. I would think I have a right to know where my own car is!! I did place a lein on the title in my husbands name, just so he could not forge a lost title application and get it retitled in his name. Technically my husband has the right to take posession, but we don't know how to legally go about it. We want to make sure we do everything by the book(there's still a custody dispute going on)
Our divorce decree makes no mention of the vehicle whatsoever, so he has absolutely nothing that shows he should have ownership of the truck. I'm afraid he's going to try and trade it in or something without my consent. Since he had the vehicle I had been driving when we separated repo'd (we were buying it from his family member so they just up and took it back- when I had only 5 payments left, and I'd had it for 3 years- which left me with nothing to drive--and he claimed in court that I couldnt provide for my kids because I had no transportation...
I just want my truck. I could care less about anything else. How can I go about forcing him to disclose its whereabouts?
This is in Tarrant County, Texas.