My husband quit his job, which had garnishments taken out of each paycheck. Since he isn't working, am I liable for anything?

Asked about 1 year ago - Wichita, KS

Garn 1) federal restitution that is garnished (he also loses any federal income tax refund to the garnishment) due to non-payment. Garn 2) past child support. Both had been garnished out of his check years before we were married. We do have a joint checking account together but also our own checking/savings accounts as well. I live in KS, too.

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  1. Deborah Gwen Roher

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    Answered . Unless you are liable for the underlying obligation(s), and it does not sound like you are, your earnings are not subject to garnishment because of your husband's debts. Your joint checking account may be vulnerable, however.

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  2. Myron Wayne Tucker

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    Answered . You may not be personally liable, but any property or money in accounts that are jointly held is exposed.

  3. James Zhidun Zhou

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues.

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