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Question: If a husband moves out unexpectedly while you are at work and takes your car that is in your name can you call police and report it stolen?

Answer:

It is a personal decision as to whether or not to call the police.

However, if you are asking whether your husband has an ownership interest in the car, the answer depends on the circumstances on which you obtained the car. Arizona is a community property state. According to A.R.S. § 25-211 property acquired during the marriage, is considered community property unless it falls into one of the exceptions mentioned in the statute.  A.R.S. § 25-213 states that a spouse's personal property which is owned by that spouse before marriage or that is acquired by that spouse during the marriage by gift, devise or descent, is the separate property of that spouse.

If you feel that you need to speak with an attorney to find out how the laws apply to your specific situation, you may want to review the article on this site, "Where to Find an Attorney for Specific Legal Advice." 

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