Am i responsible for debt?
UPDATED: Oct 1, 2022
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Am i responsible for debt?
In my divorce decree, it states that all debt associated with a car my ex-wife had was her responsibility and my truck debt was my responsibility. My ex filed Chapter 7 on her vehicle. Creditors are coming after me for her car debt because we were co borrowers of the vehicle. I’m confused if its worth taking her to court for it, or what kind of attorney to talk to bankruptcy, divorce/family law or what to file. I was beginning to file rule for just cause but I’m not sure if that’s the way to go.
Asked on August 8, 2018 under Family Law, Illinois
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
You are still responsible to lenders for any debts that you were on or signed or cosigned or guaranteed. The divorce was only between you and your ex-wife: it did not affect your obligations to any other person or business.
You can sue your ex for any losses or reputational or financial damage you have suffered because she violated the terms of the decree. Whether it's worth doing so depends on how much money is involved. Speak to a family law attorney to explore this option.
Bankruptcy is an option--a drastic one to be sure, but still an option, if you simply cannot pay the debts you owe. A bankrutpcy attorney can explain the process and evaluate whether it is the right option for you in these circumstances.
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