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Thanks for speaking. I have a situation, where my wife and I live separately (I in California and my wife in New York, and have been living separately for the past 2-3 yours), and we plan to file for divorce shortly. She defrauded me to the amount of US$ 350,000, which is the grounds on which I plan to file for divorce. I'd like to find out if I am legally responsible for her medical bills until the divorce is finalized.

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The short answer is maybe. You are both equally responsible for any debts incurred during the course of the marriage. So, what this means is that, even if you don't pay for the debts she accumulates, she can try to assign them to you during the divorce proceedings. That is a toss up on how the judge views it (which I know is not what you want to hear).

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hi, I have a follow up question...
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
The question I had was that:
1. I was paying for her medical coverage as my dependent.
2. But since we are planning to file for divorce shortly, and since I had given her US$350,000 (to buy a house), but she refuses to show how that $350,000 was spent. Due to this, I had canceled her being my dependent on my (company provided) medical coverage .
3. Does she have the legal right (including from New York, or California laws), to force me to re-instate the medical coverage as my dependent ?Thanks.
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hi -- Are you available now, to either chat via email, or for a call ? Thanks.
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