Will my spouse’s assets be affected if I file for bankruptcy?
There is no legal requirement that both spouses file for bankruptcy. If you choose to file for bankruptcy alone, in general, your spouse’s assets and liabilities will not be directly affected. Just because you are married, that does not make your spouse automatically responsible for all of your debts.
However, there are some ways that bankruptcy could potentially have an effect on your spouse. If an asset, such as a house, is owned jointly by both spouses, then the Trustee will liquidate the one-half interest owned by the spouse who is filing for bankruptcy. Also, if both you and your spouse are responsible for a debt, such as a loan, then the non-filing spouse will then be liable for the full debt.
But, as long as your spouse is not responsible for any of your debt, they will not be affected by you filing for bankruptcy. Also, your spouse’s credit rating will not be affected if you file for bankruptcy.
An experienced Texas bankruptcy attorney can help you understand what, if any, effect your bankruptcy filing will have on your spouse’s debts and assets.