Is My Spouse Responsible For My Debt?

29 Mar Is My Spouse Responsible For My Debt?

For along time in the United States, we have recognized that husbands and wives are separate legal entities. We may take for granted that women can own property in their own name or that a husband does not ‘own’ his wife. We accept that generally speaking, spouses are not responsible for each other’s debts. They can file for bankruptcy alone.

But is this entirely true?

For the most part, yes. However, many states also have spousal support statutes which mean that a spouse is responsible for the other’s health and welfare, meaning food, shelter, and medical care. The interpretation varies from state to state. Look for this to be the latest scam of debt collectors in trying to collect a debt. The debt collector will tell you that the credit card was used to buy clothing or purchases at the local drug store or something used for the house and therefore, you are responsible for that spousal support debt. Check out this article at the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals.

“ConnecticutGene Melchionne is a bankruptcy lawyer covering the entire State of Connecticut. He can often be found on Google+ and Twitter, where he shares information about consumer protection issues and personal finance.

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