i am Australian
My new husband is American. We married in NV and are living in CA. He told me he had $2000 credit card debt before we got married but recently told me that he has about $6000 debt that he knows of.
A recent rent application revealed he has 6 items.
He says he doesn't know how much his debts are and wants to claim bankruptcy. He gets angry at me if I ask about it and refuses to talk about it.
I am a professional photographer with $20,000 of cameras and computers that I absolutely need to make my living... I also have life savings in the bank which he agreed I could keep to myself but
Now I'm afraid his debtors will come after me because CA and NV are communal property states..
Are there any websites I can get a credit heck on my husband to find definite answers? Help
If you have no joint accounts, don't open any. Your equipment is not community property.
Your life savings are also still your separate property if you have not commingled them.
The state you married in is only relevant in that you might qualify for an annulment there.
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As to credit checks, I can't give you advice on that matter. As to the divorce issues, you can still protect your business items an d your bank accounts but you will need additional help on this to try to protect them. As to the debts, if they were acquired before marriage, then he will have to take the debts as his separate property and I suggest you seek legal counsel to get a indemnification on these. Seek help from a family law attorney.
Regarding credit checks: generally, background checks that include credit information require the consent of the person whose background is being checked. For instance, when you applied for that rental, you both likely signed releases allowing that company to check your credit.
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