I received $1,200 of old medical bill debt for my ex-husband, which I didn't know anything about. The debt is with a third party collection and they say I'm liable because we were married and the law states it. I pulled the Minnesota law an 519.05 mentioned "notwithstanding this paragraph, in a proceeding under chapter 518 the court may apportion such debt between the spouses.
My divorce decree states if any debt or liability not disclosed by either party shall be the responsibility of the person who incurred it. His debt was incurred in 2013, which he knew that he had all these old payments and did not mentioned not one bill in our divorce. If I choose not to pay his old bills, how will that reflect against me. I'm confused that the divorce decree is a legal biding document when it comes to spousal support or child support, but not when it comes to medical expenses when the ex-spouse purposely didn't pay his bills so that it would fall on me. The grounds for my divorce was fraud, which he married me for a green card and not love.
Your divorce decree is an order that involves you and your ex-spouse. A divorce decree does not affect the rights of a third-party creditor. Medical debts can be collected from a spouse. If there is some action taken against you, your remedy is against your ex-spouse.
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