I was planning to start proceedings when I got a letter from a foreign tax office, saying they think I am liable for ~£30k in tax from when I was working abroad (during our marriage). This is still under discussion/appeal at the minute.
If I started divorce proceedings now, would I end up with all this debt, or could it be factored in to the settlement? Or should I wait until the bill lands on the mat so its concrete, and then start?
As far as English law is concerned, husbands and wives are not normally responsible for each other''s debts, lthough there are some statutory exemptions, for example Council tax.
If a debt was incurred for the common weal - for example a loan to finance improvements to the family home - it is possible that responsibility for the debt might be split.
I can''t comment on the law in a foreign country, so can''t say whether your x2b could be liable for your tax debts. I''d say that likelihood is that the debt would be taken into acount in deciding what is a reasonablesplit.