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    Can I Close Joint Credit Card Accounts in Anticipation of a Minnesota Divorce?
    Either spouse may close a credit card account or other unsecured consumer line of credit on which both spouses are contractually liable, simply by giving written notice to the creditor. [1]

    This is usually a very smart thing to do, to prevent the other spouse from racking up debt in your name. I’ve seen it happen countless times. And while this can be accounted for, it’s much easier to just avoid the issue in the first place. Also, remember that even if the Court orders your spouse to assume this or that joint credit card debt, the Court has no authority to absolve you of your contractual liability to the creditor. So the joint debt will remain on your credit history, and will still be your problem to deal with if your spouse ever stops paying or pays late.

    Footnotes:

    Minnesota Statute section 519.05(b).