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My wife and I are going through a divorce after 19 years of marriage. she has a judgment against her personally for the amount of $175,000. she was the executor of her mother’s estate and her siblings sued her directly. Am I responsible for half of that debt?
Asked on March 25, 2018 under Family Law, Massachusetts
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
No, you are not personally liable for a debt of hers arising out an inheritance and a lawsuit against her as executor. Of course, her share of any joint or marital assets can be used (e.g. garnished, executed or levied upon) to satisfy that debt, so the judgment can take away assets or money that might otherwise be split between the two of you.
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