When should my husband and I make our divorce legal?

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When should my husband and I make our divorce legal?

We decided to end our marriage 1 1/2 years ago, but continued to live together, and plan to do so until he is out of med school in another 2 years. The reasons for this are purely monetary and I am the sole provider. We just aren’t sure what the ramifications of waiting may be or of not waiting.

Asked on August 6, 2011 Oregon

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In many states if you are married to your spouse, you would be obligated for the debts that one married spouse incurs during the marriage. Your husband is in medical school. Most likely he has taken out significant loans to pay for his education. These loans have been incurred while you are married. You are responsible for these loans since you are married to him.

If you plan on eventually divorcing your husband, the longer you stay legally married to him, the more debt he will be incurring for his medical school expenses that you as his spouse would be obligated to pay in addition to him.

You should consult with a family law attorney for more specifics as to the ramifications of waiting to finalize your divorce from him or not.


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