Is a person financially liable if they have initiated a divorce? 7 Answers as of August 10, 2015

What are the financial liabilities that come with initiating a divorce? If someone chooses to divorce their spouse, they should be held responsible, especially if they walk away from payments. Is the person who started the divorce responsible for keeping their financial obligations they made when married?

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Richard Dwyer, APC
Richard Dwyer, APC | Richard Dwyer
Filing for divorce does not make you more "financially liable." A party can file and can still force the other party to pay attorneys fees under Family Code section 2030.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/10/2015
Law Office of Martin A. Kahan | Martin A. Kahan
It all depends on the income and expenses of the parties.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/10/2015
Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr.
Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr. | John F. Geraghty, Jr.
Of course as far as creditors are concerned but you need a Lawyer to protect your rights in Divorce.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 8/7/2015
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
Maybe. Ordinarily the only payment that falls on the Petitioner is the court filing fee and the cost of service of process. Other obligations are decided near the beginning of a case by a Temporary Orderand you can seek one now if you have not previously. But I strongly suggest you take a constructive attitude and if possible, urge your husband to do the same. Too many couples waste their money, and embitter their lives, in needless court disputes.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 8/6/2015
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
You clearly need to counsel with an attorney, in the event of a divorce the assets and liabilities of the marriage are split between the parties.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/6/2015
    Gregory Brough, Attorney at Law | Gregory Brough
    The divorce judge must divide the marital property and must assign responsibility for the marital debts. The judge cannot change the rights of a creditor, since the creditor is not a party to the divorce, but the judge can order one party to pay a debt and hold the other party harmless from that debt. It is irrelevant which party starts the divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 8/6/2015
    Petit & Dommershausen SC
    Petit & Dommershausen SC | Tajara Dommershausen
    Both parties are still responsible for joint bills.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 8/6/2015
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