‘My ex husband was ordered to pay a loan balance as part of our divorce settlement. He has stopped paying. Am I still legally responsible for the balance? What recourse do I have? Can he be held in contempt of court? Thank you

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‘My ex husband was ordered to pay a loan balance as part of our divorce settlement. He has stopped paying. Am I still legally responsible for the balance? What recourse do I have? Can he be held in contempt of court? Thank you

State of Ohio
Loan in both our names

Asked on June 23, 2016 under Family Law, Florida

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Since the loan is in both your name and your ex-husband's name, you are still liable for the balance if your ex-husband does not pay.
However, don't pay the balance because the court ordered your ex-husband to pay.  Therefore, you should pursue contempt of court against your ex-husband.  If the creditor contacts you, explain the situation that you are in the process of pursuing contempt of court against your ex.


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