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Old 06-02-2013, 12:47 AM
jtur88 jtur88 is offline
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It's similar to the "ignorance of the law" doctrine. If a fact is published in a newspaper as an official notice, any person can be held to be aware of it as a matter of public record, and someone who grants crediit to a person on the assumption that you will be responsible for it can be shown to be ignorant of the fact that you have absolved yourself of any such responsibility.

In fact, it probably had no power, but creditors faced with that defense were often unwilling to risk their day in court.

The fact is that most states are community property states, and a married couple is considered jointly responsible for all their liabilities as long as they are legally married. However, they are not necessarily equally responsible, and a divorce settlement judge may (butr doesn't have to) take such a newspaper notice into account in dividing the liabilities of a divorcing couple.