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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)

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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