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who is liable for debts

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29 Dec 07 #9668 by yferch
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Just before he left the ex took out a very expensive mobile phone contract, as he wanted the freebies, ipod, psp ec, Since leaving he kept all the freebies and I still have the sim in my old phone. So when the bills for this phone have turned up I have paid them, as I dont know what else to do.

My point is who is actually liable for payment of this contract. Contract is in his name but the bill states me as a user. I cant afford it its too expensive and not suitable for what I need. If I stop using it, send the sim card to him by recorded delivery and tell the provider where he lives, if he doesnt pay and they take it further, who is liable for the costs.

Ex ran off and left me with ALL the bills, loans, credit cards etc. which I see no point in persuing or resolving through ancilliary relief, there is no equity in the house. I decided to just bite the bullet and am asking for a Clean Break order to just get on with my life.

Would be grateful for any advice on the above before I do anything else though.

thanks

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29 Dec 07 #9669 by gooner
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hi
as both your names are on the contract you are both liable for the bill, even if you did tell the provider where your ex lives and your ex dont pay they will chase you as your names on the contract. i can not understand why you wont go for ancilliary relief so he can some of the debt why let him get away with it, if he knows you are paying for it he"s laughing at you (sorry). dont bite the bullet make him pay aswell then go for the clean break....good luck

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29 Dec 07 #9684 by Specialdad
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If any bills are in his name dont pay them and inform suppliers of his new address. They will chase him there.

Any bills in joint names, get his name removed and inform authorities of his new address especially the HMRC. They are keen to jail tax evaders these days.

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30 Dec 07 #9716 by tigstheterror
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Hi there,i feel for you here as my soon to be ex ( hopefully0 has left with me in debt to the tune of 18,000 which i am having to pay off, he was clever, telling me that he had bad credit and he couldn't get anything in his name etc!! I would take the advice of the previous poster and go for ancilliary relief as my ex is now laughing all the way to the bank at me. He even had the cheek prior to christmas to ask me to change the grounds for the divorce ,drop the relief request and he would give me a measly 2,000 to pay some of the debt off, big deal!!!! You may guess my answer!!!!
I hope you get it sorted,soon,btw,if his name is on as the contract owner and you are on as a user, i'd go to Offcoms website, write to them, don't pay anything more as it can be seen as admitting liability, and see if they can help.
Good luck and take care
Tigs x

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