During our marriage, my spouse constantly paid for expensive items with the credit card and took out payday loans. Will I be responsible for his poor choices after the divorce, even though I didn't spend the money?

Unfortunately, it's possible that you will be held responsible for your husband's debts if they were incurred during the time you were married. Arizona is a community property state, which affects things like credit card debt or loans. The debt incurred by either spouse during a marriage is considered "community debt", and in the event of a divorce, the responsibility is divided equitably between both parties.

There are some exceptions, however, and a debt may be assigned to only one spouse by the court under particular circumstances. The problem is that the creditors waiting to get paid are not legally required to only go after the spouse the court has assigned to the debt. These institutions have a legal right to continue to pursue both individuals for payments.

Dividing property and debt is one of the most difficult parts of an Arizona divorce case. If you have questions about community property or community debt, please don't hesitate to contact one of our compassionate Phoenix divorce lawyers by calling 1-888-929-5292 today. We understand that divorce is never easy, and we are prepared to treat you with respect and dignity while answering your questions honestly. If you'd like to learn a little more about Arizona family law, we will send you a completely FREE copy of our book, Arizona Family Law - How to Handle Tough Issues in Tough Times.