My ex-wife and I broke our apartment lease when we separated and owe several thousand dollars to the property manager that should be treated as a marital debt.
Our divorce decree did not address this debt, and now the collections company is coming after me to satisfy this obligation.
Is there anything I can do as far as getting my ex-wife to contribute a portion of this debt since her name was also on the lease? She has refused to pay anything thus far.
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Oklahoma divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.
Although your divorce decree does not mention the apartment lease specifically, it is likely that there is a general provision that states that all marital debts shall be split equally.
If that is so, then you can file a contempt proceeding against your ex-wife for not paying her half of the debt.
Also, if she was on the lease, the collection company should be contacting her as well to try and collect the remaining balance.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.