Medical bills

There are some instances where a spouse can be held liable for the medical bills of the other spouse. Generally, this only applies when the other spouse is under a physical or mental disability and the medical treatment is to maintain their basic medical condition. This is called the doctrine of necessaries. If the collection agency is not pursuing you for these expenses then you have no obligation to pay. Filing for divorce might be your best option, but you should consult with an attorney before doing so to make sure you are not jeopardizing your property or support rights.

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My spouse and I have been separated for 1 year and 6 months. He has moved to FL since the first day of separation. My spouse is an alcoholic and incurred several thousands in medical bills. I am the primary insured on the health plan. Am I solely responsible for these bills that are now in collections? The collection agency is not billing me ,just him and he refuses to put in a change of address so the bills are all coming to me.