I have a question about the Doctrine of Necessaries. My husband and I have been separated for several months. Because of this, I have no idea what kind of medical treatment he is seeking or where he is seeking it. As I understand it, the Doctrine of Necessaries can make me liable for his medical expenses unless I contact the facility that provides treatment for him (while he is still there) and inform them of the separation. Is this true? If so, how can I inform a facilty of a separation if I don’t even know he’s there?
I found this information in the Durham Family Law Journal - There is an exception to the doctrine of necessities for separated spouses. However, merely being separated is not enough. In order for a spouse to take advantage of the separation exception, he/she must show that the provider of the necessary services or goods, e.g. the hospital, had actual notice of the parties’ separation at the time the services were rendered or the goods supplied.