My husband and I have been married for 5 years we just renewed our lease and he walked out on me. Do i still have the right to ask him to pay half the rent?

We have been married 5 years and after a small seperation we decided to give our
marriage a try. We just renewed the lease in aug and yesterday he walked out and
left me. Now im stuck with this lease and paying it full price. I believe
theres another woman involve. Just want to know what are my options?

Asked on September 7, 2016 under Family Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can ask him to pay half the rent: if  you and he both signed the lease, then you are both liable contractually under it, and you can therefore hold him liable for his share of the lease. Unfortunately, while holding him liable, you will have to keep paying the full amount of the lease or can be evicted and sued by the landlord. Best may be to file for an actual divorce at this time, and in the divorce, if he hasn't previously repaid you for the lease, his failure to pay the lease can be taken into account when dividing assets or making support arrangements.


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