A Florida woman told her husband that she was planning to leave him after 27 years of marriage. Just days before she officially filed for divorce, however, the husband charged more than $13,000 to the couple’s Discover credit card to cover costs their daughter was incurring as she started college.
During the divorce proceeding, the wife argued that she had never intended to pay for the daughter’s college expenses, and that the husband had engaged in a sneaky maneuver to try to force her to share these costs. A judge agreed with her and ordered the husband to pay the entire $13,000.
However, an appeals court sided with the husband. According to the appeals court, unless the couple had a valid separation agreement in place at the time, any financial obligation incurred while the couple were still married should be considered a shared marital debt.
As always, the law varies, but this case is a good demonstration of how credit card debt can be a major issue in a divorce.