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is a husband liable for his wifes debt to DWP which was incurred

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is a husband liable for his wifes debt to DWP which was incurred before marriage ?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.
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Even if you were married in any event you would not be liable for your wifes debt.

Her debt is her debt and not yours, unless it was a joint claim.

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

the debt was for overpayment of benefits claimed by the wife whilst they were living together before marriage. wife has been repaying this but is worried that the husbands income will be taken into account now for future repayments.

Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.

If it was the wifes claim it is the wifes debt.

Nothing to do with husband.

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