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Asked almost 3 years ago - Williamsville, NY

Am I responsible for judgements against a women that I am thinking of marrying. We want to get married, would I be responsible for the judgements she has against her? they are like 3 yrs old.Thank you

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  1. Jeffrey Bruce Gold

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    Answered . You are not responsible for pre-marital debts, but if you put money into a joint account, or buy a home together and both are in the deed, joint assets can be seized to satisfy the debt. While you may still be able to show that part of the money in the joint accounts is actually yours, it is a complicated procedure, and your assets will be "detained".

  2. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . You are not responsible for her pre-marriage debts but the person who holds the judgment can restrain her assets such as a bank account and if you co-mingle you money with hers, you could have a problem.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  3. Alfred M. Abel

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    Answered . You are not resonsible for her debts, but you may expose yourself and your assets to any judgments against her if you commingle your interests with hers, such as bank accounts, car titles, homes, and other property. If she were to pay them off before you married, or if she were to file a bankruptcy case and get them discharged that would eliminate the risk, but if she has judgments against her then you are marrying her with her debts.

    This communication is intended as general information and not specific legal advice, and this communication does... more

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