Divide debt between lease holders
I've been giving my roommate rent payments for 2 years without a problem. Recently he took off leaving me with 4 months rent to pay. We are both lease holders and I have no way of coordinating any payments between us. Is it possible for me to pay my half of the debt and let the collectors find him for his half? They have a copy of his Id, social security card and birth certificate so they can easily find him. I intend to sue him later but I want to clear my debt without too much damage to my credit first. Also is it possible to pay all of my half of the debt at once and remove any damage to my credit?