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= Is my spouse responsible for my debt? = By Eugene S. Melchionne, Connecticut Bankruptcy Attorney on Mar 29, 2007 in Debt Collector Abuses, Connecticut, Marriage and Debt, General Bankruptcy Information 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. But we do 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. Bankruptcy Basics: What Is An Adversary Proceeding? by Karen Oakes, Southern Oregon Bankruptcy Attorney Can They Still Take My Furniture, Jewelry, and Electronics after Bankruptcy? by Michael Doan What Is Zombie Debt and Why Is It a Problem? by Kent Anderson, Oregon Bankruptcy Attorney The Collection Agency Says They're Going To Garnish My Wages, Take My Car And Force Me To Sell My House To Pay My Debts: Can They Do That? by Douglas Jacobs, California Bankruptcy Attorney Violation of the Bankruptcy Discharge Injunction may have you seeing Green! by Carmen Dellutri, Attorney at Law

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