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I’m afraid that what you have been told is correct. He is not responsible for the mortgage or rental of a house within the finances of the marriage if he is not living in the house.
He may be liable for spousal maintenance and of course for any child maintenance if you have any dependent children under aged 18.
As the tenancy is in joint names, if you don’t pay the rental for which you are now liable as the sole occupier,, the landlord will also look to him for the rent so he does remain liable to the landlord. He doesn’t get off the hook by simply moving out.
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