Can one spouse be forced to pay the debts of the other?

Michigan is a no fault state; meaning that, if you ask the County for divorce, you will have that request granted. You do not have to allege that your spouse has done anything wrong. You must however, allege that there has been a breakdown in the marriage.

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Question: Can one spouse be forced to pay the debts of the other?

Answer: A court may not require one spouse to pay the sole obligation of
the other, or to satisfy joint obligations of the parties such as
mortgages and taxes on real property, or pay the interest on joint
promissory notes. However, if one parent gets use and possession
of a house or car, for example, the other parent can be forced to
contribute to the mortgage or car payment.

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