How Can I Get My Name Off Debts My Husband is Running Up and Force Him Into Rehab?

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“My husband kicked me and my children out of our home back last April. We are now renting a place. He has become addicted to Ice. He is becoming behind on the payments of the home and business that have my name on them, and is messing up my credit. How do I get the financial situation out of my name, (I cannot afford a divorce, the attorney wanted $1500 up front) and is there some way to force him to rehab? He refuses to seek help. Meanwhile, I wait for him to straighten up and he is ruining my credit.”

[NOTE: Articles and answers on DearEsq., while written and published by lawyers, do not constitute legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship is formed by your reading of this information. You should always consult with an attorney for any legal situations.]

Your husband is not going to straighten up. No matter how you do it, you have to come up with the funds to retain a lawyer, and have them file for a divorce (or at least separation) right away. The act of filing for divorce is the step which will start to get your name off those debts. It may be that you need $1500 to retain a lawyer, but how much debt is your husband making you responsible for every month? I’ll bet that it adds up to a lot more than $1500.

Additionally, in the process of the custody and visitation determination by the court, if it is proved that your husband has a drug problem, the court can require him to attend rehab as a condition of his spending time with the children.

But it all starts with your filing for separation or divorce.

Good luck.

Recommended reading (click on the picture for details):
Divorce Yourself: The National Divorce Kit (Divorce Yourself (W/CD))

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Author: Anne P. Mitchell, Esq.

Anne P. Mitchell, Esq. is a noted family law expert, Internet law expert, and Professor of Law at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. She is the author of "Surviving Divorce: the Single Father's Guide" and "The Email Deliverability Handbook"

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