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It will depend on what the husband charged. And if the wife got any benefit from the purchases. Also, the husband will need to establish that she handled the bills and was well aware of his use
For instance, are the charges for a vacation that the wife was not invited to go on and only the husband wen
That is what a court will look at.
It was business expenses - i.e. if it allowed me/us to earn money off these purchases,... she would benefit too. And she always picked up the mail - could see all statements before me.
It was for marketing expenses (was a mortgage broker), seminars, travel to seminars, cash advances to pay car payments, buy food, etc,...
That's not something that would actually benefit her. If they were business expenses, they are yours.
She wants to use the threat of the div judge making me pay her back this money as a punishment to me during the divorce.
I mean you can argue she was aware of the bills but she is just going to say yes, but for your gain
Divorce is never easy.
Isn't my business income a benefit to both of us?
You can try to say that because of the expenses, and you got points that benefited her, as well as your work was a benefit to the marriage
You can certainly argue that.
It may come down to case law, which I do not have access to. But unless you can prove that she benefited, then the debt is yours
How bout non bus expenses like buying food, cash advance to make car pmts,... hers and mine,...
That would be split, yes
can a div judge say I must pay her/or the c.c. companys this money?
Of course. The judge will determine what is marital debt and what is not
Can you show that
You took the deductions from your income tax and you filed jointly?
If you can do that, then you can show that she benefited from those charges on the card
Get copies of your returns and bring those to the court
so you can show that you filed jointly and she benefied by those deductions
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thanks for you great help!