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Are you responsible for your spouse's debts?


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Answered 2006-07-27 19:48:53

yes * Only if the couple reside in a community property state and the debt is incurred during the marriage. All CP states allow a spouse to use the "innocent spousal" defense concerning marital debts if the spouse was not aware of the debt made or had no control over the matter. Texas and Wisconsin are not "true" community property states when it relates to marital debts solely incurred. In all other states sole debts belong to the spouse who incurred them.

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