Even if your divorce decree assigns certain joint debts to your spouse, you may still be responsible for those debts. If one spouse fails to pay off debts, the creditor can still bring legal action against the other spouse for the full amount of the debts.
You may then choose to file a contempt action against your former spouse for violating your divorce decree and seeking reimbursement for any amounts you have paid. In most states, you will also be entitled to your divorce attorneys’ fees. Learn about protecting yourself financially from your spouse’s debt by speaking with a local divorce attorney.