What is my financial responsibility after moving out during a divorce?

My wife of 4 years and I are getting divorced. She does not have a job, has not had one in 4 years and we have 1 child together. Our lease is up on the 1st of next month and I am moving out. I have no idea if she is staying in the apartment but my name will not be on the lease. After I move out am I still required to pay the electric and cable, etc. even if I do not live there and we are getting divorced?

Asked on August 13, 2012 under Family Law, New Jersey


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

This is not a yes or no type of question to answer.  If the lease ends then your legal obligation to the landlord and utility companies ends as well.  But your legal obligation to support your wife and kids does not. I suggest that you seek legal help here.  

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