How do I back money that my ex-fianceecharged on my credit cards without my permission?

The card in question was understood to only be for emergencies and was a zero balance before she started her spending spree. She racked up over $900 with another ccount which she didn’t have permission to do either. She charged $8000 plus.  She agreed to a collection agency to pay back one card at $360 per month, but never did. She admitted to them it was her debt. Every transaction has her signature, not mine.

Asked on July 30, 2010 under Bankruptcy Law, Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You'd have to sue her to get the money back. As part of the lawsuit, you'd need to show that her purchases were unauthorized--that even though you had allowed her access to the cards, she breached the terms of the agreement between the two of you on why, when, what for, etc. she could use.

As a practical matter: lawsuits cost money, and winning are not guaranteed. Also, if she has no money, even if you win, you may not be able to recover anything...or if she declares bankruptcy, that would prevent you from recovering. You should consult with an attorney to get a sense for  the likely cost, chance of winning, and chance of recovery, so you can decide whethher to go ahead with suing her or not. Good luck.

In the meantime, cancel those cards!


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