Debts of the couple: am I responsible if my husband has a debt?

"Family by Law" is a section of Caiado Guerreiro where the team leader of the Family and Succession Department, Stéfanie Luz, answers questions on the subject.
News 02/04/2024

In Portugal, under the regime of acquired property communion, debts incurred by one of the spouses during the marriage can be considered joint debts of the couple. This means that even if only one spouse incurred the debt, the joint assets of the couple can be used to pay it off. Therefore, if your husband incurs a debt without your consent, it may affect the couple’s joint assets.

However, note that if you possess assets considered personal property, such as those acquired before the marriage or received through donation or inheritance, these assets.

Talk to your lawyer with more questions about family and succession.

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