My ex wife tells me I have to pay for her house, car,alimony and child support. I never hired an attorney when these papers drew up. But to my understanding when I reviewed my papers it only states I pay x amount for alimony and x amount for child support but it doesn't specify that I pay for her house and her car separately. But in the papers it states 'the husband shall pay all current outstanding indebtedness on all accounts for which wife may be liable and husband shall hold harmless and indemnify the wife for any and all amounts which she may have to pay because of his failure to pay such accounts in full, including, but not limited to any expenses and interest incurred as well as payments of principal amounts required to be paid by the wife in order to preserve her credit rating.'
Subject to any mitigating language not posted here, I believe that you are badly messed up. You are responsible for paying any and all debt in your wife's name individually and jointly with you. I am betting that you did not even get the tax credit on the alimony you pay. You probably don't get any tax deductions for the kids either. How long do you have to pay child support? Post that for us so we can clarify that for you as well. You didn't have a lawyer on the front end of this. I'm wondering if a lawyer can help you now. Take all your paperwork and meet with a divorce lawyer to see if anything can be done now.
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You should sit down with an attorney, preferably the attorney who handled your divorce, and go over the wording of your settlement agreement and/or final judgment and see exactly what it is that you are suppose to pay for your ex-wife. However, as the other attorney stated, you may be responsible for paying for the mortgage based off of the language of your agreement. That is why it is important to have very detailed settlement papers.
You need to, have an attorney review the entered document. You may have already put your self in bad shape by not having an attorney when the document was written.
I agree with my colleagues that you've probably got yourself into a fine pickle. and that you should hire an attorney to scrutinize the divorce agreement. It is perplexing to say the least why an intelligent person would sign such an important document as a settlement agreement without at least having a family law attorney look it over. But it happens, even to lawyer/husbands and lawyer/wives who do not practice in this field. They will sign anything just to make it all stop. But it doesn't stop. And that's why representation is so important. Anyway, I wish you the best.
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You must retain counsel to review your language to know how to respond to your questions. From what you stated, you could be liable for alimony, child support, credit cards debts that are joint or just in her name, the mortgage although I would classify that as an "account" as you have listed above. If you are liable it may be difficult to do a modification because the court would presume you knew you had to pay these expenses prior to agreeing to them. You can make a case out to deduct the alimony on your taxes. Good luck sir. Seek counsel NOW!!
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