Am I responsible for my husbands credit cards if I am an authorized user? He might file bankruptcy.

Asked over 1 year ago - London, KY

One of the cards is on my credit report . I don't want to file bankruptcy also.

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  1. Diane L Gruber


    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . If one of the credit cards is on your credit report you are probably a joint owner of the card and are therefore responsible. But, just being an authorized user does not make you responsible.

    Be sure to designate "best answer." If you live in Oregon, you may call me for more detailed advice, 503-650-9662.... more
  2. Dorothy G Bunce


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . If you are only an authorized user, the information about this debt shouldn't be on your credit report. However, people often make assumptions about their credit that don't match up to the facts, and I would urge you to investigate the facts first and not make assumptions like this. Since you claim the card is on your credit report, it is likely that you are a co-owner and not merely an authorized user. But anything is possible. Hope this perspective helps!

  3. Scott Russell Needleman


    Contributor Level 12


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    Answered . In Ohio, if you did not sign the original loan application, and you are simply an authorized user, it is technically not your debt as you did not sigh a promise to pay.

    This answer is general and is not intended to create an attorney client relationhsip and is for informational... more
  4. Anthony J. Pietrafesa


    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . If you an authorized user and not a co-owner of the card, it will show up on your credit report, but you ar not responsible. In my opinion, I would not guess, but contact the card issuer difrectly and ask for the application documents to make sure you know your status. Some peopl think they are merely "authorized" becasue their name has been added to a card only to fin out later they are a co-obligor.

    If a collection agency or Junk Debt Buyer tries to come after you for the debt, you may have relief under the FDCPA

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