In Colorado Springs, would I be responsible for my husband’s medical bills? I have a debt collector that lumped my husband’s medical bills and my medical bills into one collection. I have been making installment payments and they applied this money to my bills first. Now, all that shows as due is my husband’s bills. Can the collection agency still go after me for his bills now?
Colorado, like many states, has what is called the Family Purpose Doctrine. This is a law which allows expenses incurred for household purposes to be collected from either spouse even if the charges were only made by one spouse.
Medical debt collectors take the position that medical bills are covered by the Family Purpose Doctrine. Although not all courts have agreed with this proposition, unless you take the matter to court, the debt collector is going to seek to collect from both you and your husband for any medical bills owed by either of you.
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