If I’m divorced and got remarried, can my ex seek reimbursement for a debt that he paid claiming it was spousal support which should have ended upon my remarriage?

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If I’m divorced and got remarried, can my ex seek reimbursement for a debt that he paid claiming it was spousal support which should have ended upon my remarriage?

I understand spousal support stops upon remarriage. My ex is trying to tell me the whole agreement is null and void upon my remarriage, and is now threatening to make me pay back the last year of car payments to him, which he agreed to pay in our divorce agreement. The car is in both of our names, and was purchased as “my” car. I paid the first 5 years, and asked him to pay the last year when we decided to divorce. He says since I remarried he can take me to court and make me pay him back for the payments he made on it this past year. How can this be true? This is a debt, not spousal support. And he is actually the “primary” on the car.

Asked on June 30, 2015 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

Gregory Buckley / Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

While he may threaten to take you back to court, based on the facts that you have given, it is extremely ublikely that he will be successful.  He cannot unilaterally decide that a debt is spousal support if it was not so named at the time of the divorce.


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