Am I Responsible For My Spouse’s Medical Bills While I’m Going Through A Divorce?
“Am I responsible for my spouse’s medical bills while I’m going through a divorce?”
The simple answer is YES.
Nevada is a community property state, and so therefore, any debts that are incurred while married are the responsibility of both parties in the marriage; however, it could be argued that a medical bill is a personal bill, and therefore, you might be able to get away from not having to pay your spouse’s medical bill in the community property law.
There is a doctrine, another law, and it’s called the doctrine of necessaries or doctrine of necessities. This law gives the creditors a right to collect a certain type of debt from a debtor spouse or from a parent of a minor child when they have incurred debt through necessities.
So therefore, even if your spouse went to the hospital and you were no part of that and you signed no papers, this doctrine of law of necessities will allow creditors to come after you for either your spouse’s medical bills or your minor children’s medical bills.
Irrespective of the fact of whether or not you signed anything, you were there, you gave permission or not; it is a doctrine, a law that might make you liable for either your spouse or your minor children’s medical debts.
If you want to discuss this topic a little further, please give me a call or go to vegasdivorcemeeting.com, and I’ll be more than happy to sit down with you to discuss this further.
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