Liability for debts incurred during the marriage is one of the most important issues to have addressed in the divorce. Community property laws can create liability by virtue of the marriage even where both parties didn't "sign" for the debt. Then there is the classic creditors' claim that "we aren't bound by the decree" as they pursue whichever former spouse has income or assets easier to attach. Nothing short of a consultation with an experienced family law practitioner will meet your needs. Obviously, this needs to be done immediately.
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you need to hire a lawyer to defend the lawsuit for you. You need to file a response in a timely fashion otherwise they will get a default judgment against you and can then begin to garnish your wages or levy your bank account.
How much are you being sued for? Who is the attorney?
Under California law (Family Code 910), most debts incurred after the date of separation (not the date of filing for divorce, nor entry of the divorce judgment), are separate property. Certain medical bills may be within an exception to this rule, but it will take more information to make that determination. Medical bills, especially those assigned to a collection agency, can be defended in court, both as to amount and as to liability. The plaintiff has the burden of proof, which means that it must bring witnesses and authenticated documents to court, respond to discovery requests, etc. Collection agencies make their money on the 90% of people who either allow a default judgment to be entered or who are intimidated into paying money. You should consult a lawyer who is experienced in this area of law right away so that you can resolve this lawsuit, resolve the other medical bills coming your way and protect your credit.
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