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My husbabd decide he wants to move out and
separate and leave me with all the household bills. We
moved into this house together to benefit him and
his job abd now he want iyt of the marriage. Is he
atill liable to help pay the bills? I do make mors than
him but ut takes both our income to pay all bills. Can
he be held accountable to still pay even when he
leave?

Asked on February 12, 2017 under Family Law, South Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that you are both equally liable to your joint creditorss  meaning that if your spouse does not make these payments, you are still liable for making them. Also, if certain bills are in your name only, your credit can be affected if you do not pay them. Further, as for any bills in your husband's name alone, if they aren't paid while your credit won't be affected, services such as electicity and gas can be shut off, so you will need to pay them. If you have no minor children and you make more than your husband, then the court will most likely be more lenient with him not contributing toward those expenses since he must find a new place in which to live. That having been said, if your case is one in which alimony will be ordered, contributing toward those expenses may be considered "alimony" and can reduce any alleged alimony arrearages in the future. At this point, you should consult directly with a divorce attormey in your area, they can best advise you further under specifc state law.


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