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Should I Divorce a Spouse Drowning in Debt?


Working through a marriage takes a lot of work. You’ll need to learn how to live together with someone, work out your differences and problems, and learn how to support each other among other things. Part of the several things you’ll need to work together on would be your finances. Since you’re now living together, you’ll have to both learn how to spend within your means and make sure you have enough to keep on living decently. But what happens if your spouse just keeps incurring debt? What should you do? Well, keep reading and maybe you can figure something out.

Talk to Your Spouse

Before anything else, the first thing you should consider doing is talking to your spouse about their debt. Let them know what’s on your mind and why it’s starting to concern you. After all, you two are living together and you two should be working things out. Maybe there’s a way to solve this debt problem of his and make things better. If there seems to be a way that you two can work this problem out, then great! But if it seems like there isn’t any other way, maybe you can consider further action on it. Either way, it would be best to at least bring it up so you can tell your spouse how you feel.

Seek Legal Help

If things are beginning to get difficult between you and your spouse and you think you can’t really take it anymore or it’s just too far along to get fixed, you can consider getting a divorce. Go seek help from a lawyer. Find out what steps you can take to help get you out of the situation you are in. Even though you are married, if your spouse’s debt just keeps on getting bigger and it is getting in the way of your marriage, you do have every right to find a way out. Even if it’s may seem like a difficult decision to make, you also do have to watch out for yourself.

If the way your spouse handles their finances just seems to negatively impact your life with them, talking to them about it would be a good first step to take in trying to solve this problem. If it just seems like it doesn’t bother them or they aren’t really making an effort to fix the problem, then maybe it’s best to get a divorce. You wouldn’t want to get caught up in the debt problems of someone that doesn’t really want to do anything about it.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas.

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