How are debts divided in an Arizona divorce?

Just like property and assets have to be divided in an Arizona divorce so do community debts. These debts might include bills and other financial obligations that were acquired during the marriage.

The court will determine which spouse is responsible for each community debt. While the court will not use marital misconduct as a factor when deciding how the debts will be divided, it will consider “excessive or abnormal expenditures” of the community property.

Once a court order is in place regarding the allocation of debts, it is considered binding on the spouses. However, that doesn’t mean that either spouse is relieved of liability for the debts. The contract between the creditor and the couple will still be in effect.

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