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My partner has been separated over 3 years leaving his wife

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My partner has been separated over 3 years leaving his wife in the marital home. He had taken on a huge loan due to her gambling which he is still paying off.
I am considering buying a property in my own name before we marry. I say he has to sort out this debt as part of his divorce or I become liable should he be unable to pay, is this correct? (He thinks he can keep our marriage secret from the loan company)
Cathy
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Harris replied 1 year ago.

Hi, thank you for your question. Given that his debt was accrued in his previous marriage it would be considered a debt of that marriage. However, prior to marrying you he should reach a financial settlement with his wife that is approved by the court as if he marries you he loses his right to seek financial relief from his current wife.

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