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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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My wife packed up the kids and abandoned the household. She left a ton of bills that are overdue. Was wondering if she is still responsible for part of the bills. Will be putting house up for sale since I cannot afford it on single income and with child support payments when she files for them.
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You may file for divorce and the court will divide up your assets and debts if you two cannot agree; she will be responsible for part of the debts.

You will have to determine child custody and child support as well.
The court could make her return to your state while all this is being worked out.
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Old Apr 19th, 2011, 10:26 AM   #3
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My wife packed up the kids and abandoned the household. She left a ton of bills that are overdue. Was wondering if she is still responsible for part of the bills. Will be putting house up for sale since I cannot afford it on single income and with child support payments when she files for them.
If any of the bills are in her name jointly, then yes - she is responsible for half the bills.

If none are in her name, then no - she is not responsible for them.

If the house is in her name too, you will need her consent and signature when you list it with a realtor. You will also need her consent and signature when considering all offers and when closing the sale.

If the bills are also in your name, you have to ask yourself why they're overdue.

If she took your kids, why not go to court and petition for emergency custody of them? That would go a long way in stalling the inevitable child support payments.
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Ok, here is what i can say....

a. if you will file a divorce, of course, you have to prepare for the expenses. getting a lawyer is a must.

b. merely leaving the house without divorce will still make you liable for support. if you are not planning to remarry, and you want the easy way out, i suggest legal separation. its easier, less expensive and more on property relations only.

c. how old are your children? if 7 and below, they will be with their mother, unless, there is a compelling reason to be decided by the court. over 7, the children has the choice.



So i believe right now, start accounting the expenses, where did they come from and how they were settled or paid.
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