Legal Question in Family Law in Arizona

spousal debt

My spouse has a spending problem, running up debt on credit cards, home equity lines and personal loans and hid it from me until it was out of control and she couldnt cover it up any more. We paid everything off, she told me she was cancelling her credit lines and cards and has since ran them up again behind my back and has nothing to show for the money spent. How do I protect myself from debt she runs up in her own name. We have about $400k in equity and I'm not sure where she'll stop.

Asked on 5/01/08, 3:19 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Rich Peters R. J. Peters & Assoc., P.C.

Re: spousal debt

You need either a post-marital agreement (contract), or you need to seek a legal separation or divorce.

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Answered on 5/05/08, 4:22 pm

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