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I live in NYC if I marry someone and he dies will I be responsible for his back child support.

Q: I have been living with someone for 17 years and we are considering marriage. He owes back child support from the early 1980's. Will I be responsible for his debt if he dies ?


A: David's Answer: Assuming the mother has a judgment for at least some of the arrears, then the judgment can be enforced against the estate. Thus, to the extent he has any assets - even in joint names - the support recipient may potentially go after same even upon his death. Call a Bronx Child Support attorney for more info.

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