Marry someone with a large civil judgement

Is it possible to marry someone with a large civil judgement without it becoming detrimental to me? Will it affect property that I own prior to marriage, after marriage or property we buy together?

Asked on March 12, 2017 under Family Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It will not affect property you own pre-marriage, unless you put your spouse on the title with you so that it becomes his/hers, too. Any property you do buy or acquire together is something a creditor can get to, however: while they cannot take your interest in the property, his interest in jointly owned property is *his* asset, and something a creditor can reach. This applies not just to real estate, but also to joint bank or investment accounts, cars owned jointly, etc.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It will not affect property you own pre-marriage, unless you put your spouse on the title with you so that it becomes his/hers, too. Any property you do buy or acquire together is something a creditor can get to, however: while they cannot take your interest in the property, his interest in jointly owned property is *his* asset, and something a creditor can reach. This applies not just to real estate, but also to joint bank or investment accounts, cars owned jointly, etc.


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