Can I go after my ex for a bill that was created for the marital home while we both living there?

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Can I go after my ex for a bill that was created for the marital home while we both living there?

My ex-husband and I had siding put on our home 3 years ago. In which the bill was only put in my name because his credit was messed up. After that my ex left me with the home and all of the bills and I could not keep up on the siding bill payments. We were divorced last year and they have now started garnishing my check. Is there anyway that I can go after him to help with the bill since the siding was purchased for a home that we lived in together while we were married and is bankruptcy an option?

Asked on November 15, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Maryland

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not your former spouse is obligated for one-half of the siding costs of your formal community home depends upon what any dissolution decree states on the subject issued by a the court. Assuming you have a dissolution decree setting forth the obligations of you and your former spouse as to liabilities and assets, you need to carefully read the decree in that it will dictate who is responsible for what liabilities of the marriage assuming there is specific mention of certain liabilities.

If the dissolution decree does not assist in who pays what amount for the siding to the home, your former spouse whould be responsible for one half of the siding amount.

As to you being a bankruptcy candidate, I suggest that you consult with a bankruptcy attorney about this option for you.


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