Legal-Ease: Am I responsible for my spouse’s bills?

Being married means more than just living together. In some situations, being married can make a person liable for their spouse’s financial obligations.

As Ohio is not a community property state, married people can have very separate lives both financially and legally. So in Ohio, most often one person’s financial obligations are not the obligations of the spouse…unless the spouse has “co-signed” or “guaranteed” a financial obligation.

Being married to someone obviously means more than monogamy and cohabitation. In some instances, being married can make a person liable for some of that person’s spouse’s financial obligations.

Generally speaking, married people can have very separate lives financially and legally, especially in Ohio, because Ohio is not a community property state.

Read more about financial obligations for spouses in the state of Ohio in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Am I responsible for my spouse’s bills?

Source: LimaOhio.com, “Legal-Ease: Am I responsible for my spouse’s bills?, by Lee R. Schroeder, December 15, 2018

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at [email protected] or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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