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Did you sign the promissory note?
Well, I don't see that you will have any legal way to get out of paying the note if he were to sue you. Perhaps you can recover against your ex-husband however. Did you actually get a divorce? If so, did the decree say anything about how the debts will be split and specifically this one?
Does it say anything about other debts like this note?
Well that is unfortunate. I do not see any way to legally defend against the ex-father in law if he were to sue you. I understand the reasons why you feel you shouldn't be responsible, but I am sorry to say, that the court will not accept those as reasons to avoid being responsible for them. I am sorry about your situation, doesn't seem fair.
Do you have any further questions?
Well, the decree already says the taxes are his responsibility right?