Saturday, August 26, 2006

Trying to settle legal fees

I contacted my ex-wife's law firm over a month ago regarding settlement of legal fees. Now I find out that her old lawyer is just now contacting my ex-wife about it!

The law firms thinks that I owe it some money, and that my ex-wife owes it some money. Or so I thought. Usually people respond a little faster than that if they want some money. Maybe the firm has lost interest in collecting. I guess that I'll soon find out.


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how it is your state, but in many states when someone gets married, the new spouse is then legally responsible for all debt held by the other spouse, even if accrued before the marriage! This may mean that your wife's new husband is now responsible to pay your ex-wife's outstanding legal bills NOT you!!!! Financial spousal support and payment of court costs is usually requested because one spouse after a divorce has much less income then the other because of arrangements agreed upon during the marriage; but now that the marriage is dissolved and she is re-married, those obligations should be off. It may be worth looking into.......Good luck.

George said...

That's a new one to me. I don't know if a new spouse has any such responsibility in California. If so, then maybe I should try to get the new husband to agree to a settlement. I doubt that he wants anything to do with paying her divorce lawyer.

Anonymous said...

I think it is true for California..... I have a friend that won't get married until his girlfriend pays off her $20,000 plus credit card debt because he doesn't want to be saddled with it. You may benifit from calling a lawyer to find out what spousal responsibility includes. She is remarried, let her new husband take care of her, that's what he legally signed up for.

George said...

I'm not sure how it even matters to me how my ex-wife handles her debts. If her new husband is liable for her attorney debts, it might just increase the chance her ex-attorney will sue for the past fees. Otherwise, the ex-attorney might write off the debt as uncollectible. It would help to be aware of these issues if I were actively negotiating a settlement, but it doesn't look like that will happen anyway.

Since the ex-attorney refuses to communicate with me, I'll just wait to see what the court forces me to pay, and then pay that amount. What my ex-wife pays is her problem.