Money problems are one of the biggest stressors that marriages face, and when things like a tax bill have fallen through the cracks, it can be a big blow and a huge liability.
The good news is that you’re unlikely to be stuck with the entirety of a tax bill, but to the extent that you would reasonably owe taxes, you’ll be assigned some of the bill.
The situation may be different if you’ve already provided your spouse with your portion of the tax bill and they still failed to pay.
In that case, you may be able to get reimbursement through other asset distribution.
Courts assign debt similarly to how they assign cash and property – through equitable distribution rules that are intended to minimize penalties to both parties, while ensuring that debts from the marriage are responsibly handled.
It sounds like your spouse hasn’t been handling debt responsibly, and you should approach the issue with considerable care.
The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help protect you from undue debt burdens in your divorce.
Call us today at 718-725-9601 and speak to an experienced Brooklyn debt divorce attorney for free.