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Property division: Car sawed in half 30 years ago

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2018 | Property Division |

When most Pennsylvania couples marry, they merge lives, property, wealth and begin to acquire more property together. Couples that have divorced can likely attest that property division is often one of the most difficult aspects of the entire process. Decades ago, half a car appeared on the side of the road in another state with a sign on it, making it appear as if the owner’s former spouse got the other half of the vehicle.

Thirty years ago, the owner of a gas station sawed a 1987 Chevrolet Citation in half and placed it near his gas station. The wooden sign read “She got 1/2.” Although the man has since died, the gas station no longer operates and the property is owned by someone else, the car remains on the side of the road.

The former owner’s wife is still alive and reports that she and her husband never divorced but were instead married for 65 years. The half car was never a property dispute in a divorce but a joke that became an icon in the community. Currently, the local community code enforcement feels that the joke is past its prime, and the car needs to be removed. The current property owner is hoping to make the argument to keep the car on the property as it is as a landmark in the community.

In reality, property division in a divorce is no laughing matter. It is often painful and may result in multiple arguments between a split couple. The right Pennsylvania family law attorney can assist a couple through the difficult negotiations and aim to prevent any literal division of property.

Source:, “Kansas town debates ‘divorced’ half-car: eyesore or landmark?“, Eric Adler and Lynn Horsley, April 25, 2018


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