Spouses medical bills

My husband had a knee surgery while we were married in the state of Montana. We divorced and he filed bankruptcy. Now I have pulled my credit report and find that there is a judgement against me for 8000.00 that I never knew about for his medical bills. I called the collection agency and they state that he was relieved of the debt when he filed bankruptcy and that it is my responsibility to pay the medical bills. I thought Montana was a separate property state? They are adding 10% interest to the debt annually. What can I do? I never signed anything accepting responsibility for these bills. Please help!

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Jun 14, 2012
Spouses medical bills
by: Debtcollectionanswers.com

Yes, you are right, Montana is a separate property state. However, some states, and Montana is one of them have laws that make spouses responsible for each other's medical debts. Therefore, given that your spouse did not pay what he owed, Montana law allows the medical providers to come after you for their unpaid bills.

The law, which exists in many states, is generally referred to as Necessaries Doctrine." Among other things, it says that if a good or service provided to a spouse was necessary for his or her health and well-being then the both spouse's are liable for its cost.

I recommend that you contact a consumer law attorney in your area who helps consumers resolve their debt collection problems to see if there is anything you can do about your problem, but I will be honest, there may not be given the law. You can also go here for a free consultation with a consumer law attorney. And for free advice about medical billing issues, we recommend you visit .

Good luck!


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