After I get married, will I be responsible for my husband's debts? 10 Answers as of August 20, 2012

I'm Canadian and I just found out that my fiance has debts. Will the creditors or government go after me if they find out I have income and property assets in Canada after I marry him?

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Marc S. Stern
Marc S. Stern | Marc S. Stern
Probably not, however, I would make sure that there is a prenuptial agreement that says that. Whether creditors can recover anything from you is vastly different from whether they will try.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/20/2012
Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
If you are careful not to commingle the property you bring into the marriage it will retain its separate nature and will not be liable for your husband's separate debts. If assets are commingled that could change.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 8/20/2012
Dennis P. Mikko Attorney at Law | Dennis P. Mikko
You will not be responsible for the pre-marriage debts of your husband.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/17/2012
Victor Varga | Victor Varga
Only if the debts are in your name as well.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 8/17/2012
Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar, P.C.
Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar, P.C. | Stuart M. Nachbar
No, in NJ only the person who signs for the debts is responsible.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 8/15/2012
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
    No, if you are not a co signor on his debt than you are not liable for it.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/17/2012
    MatthewR. Schutz, Esq | Matthew R. Schutz
    Unless you are a signatory to the credit agreement, then no.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 8/15/2012
    LAW OFFICE OF JEFFREY Z DWORIN
    LAW OFFICE OF JEFFREY Z DWORIN | JEFFREY Z DWORIN
    No. Unless you expressly assume the debts in writing you are not responsible for his pre-marital debts.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/17/2012
    Harris, Yug & Ohlinger
    Harris, Yug & Ohlinger | Roberta Ohlinger-Johnson
    As a practical matter, unless the debts involved are large, a collections company is not going to pursue a debt through international boundaries. As far as responsibility goes, in Nevada a spouse is generally not responsible for their spouses debts incurred before marriage.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 8/17/2012
    Law Office of Patrick O'Kennedy
    Law Office of Patrick O'Kennedy | Patrick O'Kennedy
    In California, debts incurred prior to the date of marriage are presumed to be separate property. Be careful, however, about community property, such as wages, being used to pay off the separate debts.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2012
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