Do I need to file BK with spouse in divorce?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Hemet, CA

We have solo and joint credit cards, and attorney debt. Spouse is insisting on filing BK. Want's no responsibility for debt. Do I have to file too or can I settle on my own? Will a lawyer settle on lawyer fees if I am facing bk?

Additional information

Edited to add: div. not final, have not had settlement mtg.

Attorney answers (5)

  1. 3

    Lawyers agree

    Answered . You may want to file jointly if you are still legally married because you both can eliminate all your debts, joint and individual for basically the same fee. If you have a property settlement agreement and debts are being allocated between the two spouses, if one spouse fails to pay, many times the creditor will pursue the non-BK spouse on joint debts. You don't have to file, but it may be an advantage. Consult a BK lawyer ASAP.

  2. 2

    Lawyers agree

    Answered . The only way to find out if the lawyer will take a smaller amount is to ask. It's not uncommon for attorney to agree to lower fees or accept a payment plan.

    I am not YOUR lawyer. Don't rely on answers to questions as legal advice. For legal advice contact a Bankruptcy... more
  3. 1

    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . You do not have to file bankruptcy it is voluntary. If your married I recommend filing jointly to administer the community assets and to discharge the community and individual liability. You may want to stay together for the sake of the bankruptcy and get divorced after the discharge is issued.

  4. 1

    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . The law can be very complex in the cross between marriage dissolution and bankruptcy. The short answer to your question is no, you don't have to file, but the longer answer is that by not filing, if you qualify, you may be putting your community assets at some risk. It would serve you to schedule a consult with an experienced bankruptcy attorney that also has experience or knowledge regarding divorce, community property and marital settlement agreements. Good luck.

  5. 2

    Lawyers agree

    Answered . if the divorce is final, or youhave a separation agreement that allocates debts, you do no have to file jointly with her , I n fact, you can't.

    If thigs havn't been finalized, and you have no reason to file, tell her no. But check with a BK lawyer ( not your divorce lawyer) as well

Related Topics


Divorce is the process of formally ending a marriage. Divorces may be jointly agreed upon, resolved by negotiation, or decided in court.

Divorce and credit cards

During a divorce, closing a joint credit card is important, since even after divorce both spouses may be liable for one another’s debts.

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

32,698 answers this week

3,669 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

32,698 answers this week

3,669 attorneys answering