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Am I legally responsible for credit card debt that my ex-husband has in my name?

My husband, now ex, and myself recently have gone through a divorce. During the process of this divorce, I found that he had opened several credit cards in my name, and spent large amounts of money, again, in my name. I had nothing to do with any of the cards and was not there when he signed for them. Now people are harassing me, looking for the money he spent. Am I legally obligated to pay those charges off, as I feel like I was stolen from.

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    Charles M. Schiff | Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    925 South First Street
    St Cloud, MN 56301
    (320) 259-0699
    You are not legally responsible to pay his illegally obtained credit. You need to report his conduct to the authorities. This not only puts the authorities on his tail but also may be a prerequisite to your using his fraud as a defense to any civil claims by the creditors.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota - Replied: 5/20/2013
    Maurice Ross | Barton Barton & Plotkin
    420 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10170
    (973) 896-7190
    Ordinarily, married couples are assumed to be responsible for each other's debts. Marriage creates an economic unit wherein the spouses are assumed to share everything, unless they have a prenuptial agreement or other written agreement to the contrary. Nonetheless, it is still possible that your husband engaged in identity theft, and that you would have valid defenses to these claims. This is a matter that you should have dealt with during the course of your divorce-and your first step is to request advice on this issue from your divorce counsel. If your divorce counsel is unable to help you, then you should retain another lawyer to advise you concerning the best course of action. After retaining counsel, you may want to notify each credit card company that you did open or authorize the opening of these accounts, that your husband apparently did so without your knowledge, and that you disclaim responsibility. Some of these credit card companies might accept this and go away, but others may still pursue you (which is why you will need legal counsel).
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 5/20/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    You are legally responsible, especially IF it did not get addressed in the divorce. Did you have an attorney for the divorce?
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 5/20/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    You have to make them sue you and let them know that you never authorized these accounts. They will have to prove otherwise.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 5/20/2013
    Brendan M. Kelly | Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    1700 Farnam Street, Suite 2820
    Omaha, NE 68102
    (402) 455-1711
    You were stolen from. Get a lawyer and fight the matter.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska - Replied: 5/20/2013
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