We were not married when i bought the truck worth 5400. I could not use it because it was standard and my now husband told me he was going to teach me to drive it. He never did. I moved to california and he resided in illinois. The title were both in our names. He sold it for 4000 without my permission. We got married 1 month after I purchase the truck and I'm married with him but were seperated. What can I do? He is not in the country and left with my money.
The easiest thing is to sue him in small claims court. In CA the limit is 10K. If it is more then you are going to have to file in civil court. A strong demand letter would be a first start. Good luck!
If you're getting a divorce you could have the court deem it separate property with the community to be reimbursed regardless if he already sold it.
This is just my opinion and not a comprehensive answer. You assume the risk because this answer may not apply to your situation depending on the facts.
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As my colleagues suggested, you can sue your husband for one-half the proceeds of the sale of the truck. You mentioned your husband used to live in Illinois and he has now left the country. If you know where he has his properties, you should sue him in that jurisdiction. (A California judgment can be be enforced against any property your husband owns in California, and likewise, an Illinois judgment can be enforced against his property in Illinois.) Otherwise, you need to sue him in the jurisdiction where he last resided and hold on to the judgment till he returns to the U.S. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.
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