6 weeks into my marriage, my husband was arrested and eventually sentenced with approximately $20,000 restitution he has to pay. We have been married now about 15 months. He committed a crime unbeknownst my knowledge and prior to us knowing each other and yes he did NOT disclose some potential "legal issues" that could potentially lead to an arrest prior to us "walking down the aisle". Three months no after he went to prison I get a 18 page Financial Statement I am told to fill out to assess our assets and income since this is a community property STATE or it will be subpoena is I do not fill out. QUESTION: although I am not complicit to the crime or restitution can the federal government eventually come after my income or assets I aquire (now/later)while married to him if he does not pay for his restitution? I still have 3 children I am raising not by him but ultimately my repsonsibilty to care and provide for. I don't need this financial concern. After speaking to some legal counsel I was told Divorce may be the "smart" thing to do. Divorce or annulment is what I am considering to completely separate and "distance myself" from any financial responsibilty to his debt and crime. #IdidntaskFORanyofTHIS
Advice/knowledge is appreciated.