I lost a big lawsuit, where a judgment by default was granted to the plaintiff in the amount of 5 million dollars. With interest it's in the excess of 10 million now. If I were to get married, how would this affect my significant other? Could they garnish her wages,taxes,etc.?
Getting married by itself will generally not make your spouse liable for the judgment/debt directly. However, the judgment would attached to any joint property and possibly to any marital property created after the marriage. For example: if by virtue of the marriage you converted a separate asset of hers into a marital asset that was not exempt from creditors, it is possible that the judgment could theoretically attach to your marital portion of that asset. With a judgment that large and accruing such interest, you should consider consulting a debt relief attorney to explore options for dealing with such a significant judgment.
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