Wakefield and Associates

by Vince

My ex wife financed braces for my daughter while we were separated without my knowledge, or consent. She has since defaulted on the contract. I am now being targeted by the collection agency. Am I responsible for the debt?

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Apr 20, 2010
dental bills for daughter
by: Gerri


Thanks for submitting your debt collection question on our Q&A page.

This is a difficult one for me to answer. Generally, you wouldn't be responsible for debts your spouse incurred on her own. However, some states have laws under which parents may be held responsible for debts such as medical bills for their children. These laws are sometimes referred to as "necessaries statutes."

I don't know quite honestly whether they apply in this situation. So I would recommend you contact a consumer law attorney to find out. You can contact a local consumer law attorney with experience in debt collection cases. Find out how to get FREE or low cost legal advice about debt collection from a consumer law attorney here.

We would be interested in hearing what you learn.

Dec 04, 2014
ex spouses medical bills
by: Anonymous

I am being targeted for my ex-husbands medical bills that he signed for as the financial obligation person. I am now receiving a bill from wakefield for this amount. Why are they not going after him? I think that if he signed for some Dr. visits then he should be responsible for those debts.

Reply from DebtCollectionAnswers.com:

Were you married to your husband at the time he received the medical care in question? If so in some states individuals can be held responsible for their spouse's essential medical bills. But that doesn't mean you are definitely responsible. Perhaps they have been unsuccessful collecting and are simply hoping you will pay.

Anytime you are contacted about a collection account you have the right to dispute it and request verification. We recommend you get our
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