What to do if my wife has some unpaid medical bills that are showing up on my credit report?

I live in a community property state. Are they allowed to put her debts onto my credit report? Is there a way to have this removed? A preliminary internet search says both spouses are responsible for the debt but I have not been able to find a definitive answer to the credit report questions.

Asked on September 12, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Arizona

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, Arizona is a community property state.  And yes, if she is still your wife, then you are responsible for her bills, just as she would be for yours.  Obviously, this can therefore show up on your credit report.


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