If my husband has a judgement against him, will I be responsible for any amount that the court decides?

My house is in my name, the cars are in my name and we have separate bank accounts. What do I need to do to protect myself?

Asked on May 8, 2015 under Bankruptcy Law, Oregon


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

As long as you are not listed on the judgement, you are not responsible for any liability pertaining to it. Since you do not live in a community property state, the rule is that one spouse is not legally responsible for the other spouse's debt, etc. (unless they are listed as a joint debtor). Accordingly only your husband's assets are at risk; the house, cars and your bank account(s) are not.

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