Who Is Responsible For Paying The Bills While A Divorce Is Pending?
Today’s question comes from Mario.
So, Mario’s situation is this, and it’s a very common situation. He and his wife have decided that they want to get a divorce. They have been married for over 10 years, and they are now currently living separately. The wife is continuing to live in the house. And Mario has found lodging in a bedroom with a friend of his that he’s renting a room out from.
He’s stating that he is not able to afford to continue to make the payments in the home, the mortgage payment, as well as all the utilities, as well as make his new rent payment to his friend, and continue with his bills. And so he wants to know, IS HE RESPONSIBLE?
Does he have to continue to make those payments while his wife lives in the home and she is not making any payments? Now their situation is that the wife always stayed home. She never worked. Mario always was in charge of the bills. So unfortunately for Mario, unfortunately for couples in this predicament, it is financially burdensome when the couples do separate and there are two households to maintain while the divorce is pending. But the judges in Nevada like to state that whoever was responsible for paying the bills before the divorce was entered into the court needs to continue to make those payments.
The courts in Nevada are very big on keeping the status quo of what occurred prior to filing the divorce. So in this situation, as many different couples find themselves in a similar situation, you must continue to make the payments in the home, Mario, even though you are moved out, and you have a new room that you are responsible to make payments for monthly. You still must maintain the status quo, and continue to make the payments in your marital home, as well as all the bills that accompany that.
I hope this has answered this question. I understand it’s not the best answer, probably not what you want to hear, but it is the standard practice in Nevada. If you want to discuss this a little further, please don’t hesitate. Go to vegasdivorcemeeting.com. I’ll be more than happy to sit down with you to talk about this further.
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