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Married but separated for over 5 yrs, not legally. Wife now needs chemo – am I responsible for her medical costs?

Q: We have been separated for many years, I don’t live in the house but pay the bills. She has her own income & medical. I am retired and want a divorce and just to keep my pension. She can have her money, inheritance and 1/2 the home money when sold. What are my options and responsibilities to her now that she is ill?

A: David’s Answer: If the medical bills already constitute a debt, then potentially you are liable for up to 50% of all marital debt. If you’re talking about future such expenses, then the only way you’d be liable for same after the divorce is filed is via an award of alimony (i.e., maintenance). Schedule a consult with a White Plains Divorce attorney for a full assessment.

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