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SA Bank Loan And Family Loan

Discussion in 'Debt and Bankruptcy Law Forum' started by Brenton, 17 September 2014.

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  1. Brenton

    Brenton Member

    17 September 2014
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    Our daughters husband has left her and they have a bank loan for $24000 and he borrowed $50000 from his parents. He has told her she can pay the bank loan and he will pay back his parents. Is she liable for 50% of both loans or just bank loan ? She is struggling being left with 4 children under the age of 11?
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

    16 April 2014
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    Dear Brenton,

    What your daughter is personally liable to pay back at law will depend on whether she is listed as a borrower on the loan agreements. If she and her husband are listed as joint borrowers on the bank loan then more than likely they will be jointly and severally liable to pay it back. So if one doesn't pay it back or cannot, they will go after the other person. Similarly, if the loan from his parents was in writing and names both of them as joint borrowers, then she would also be liable to pay it back.

    However, if your daughter and her husband have agreed on a property settlement as outlined above - ie that she pay the $25,000 bank loan and he pays the $50,000 loan to his parents, then that will determine what she is to pay. If she failed to pay the bank loan for example, his name is still on it so the bank would come after both of them to pay it, so he is still liable to the bank at law. But he can produce the agreement to say that she agreed to pay his share of it to a court, which would then likely require your daughter to reimburse him for what he was required to pay to the bank.

    It sounds as though her husband is being reasonable, so I would encourage her to finalise a complete property settlement involving ALL of their joint assets including real estate, cars, super etc and put it in writing as soon as possible. If you need help, see a lawyer - it is well worth the money for peace of mind and closure.
  3. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

    27 May 2014
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    Though we don't know what assets are secured by these loans, if any. Hard to give advice on part of a settlement without understanding the whole picture which your daughter should have. If she has some financial nous and thinks it is reasonable then it is probably OK, bearing in mind the son (her husband) could be 'forgiven' for the debt to his parents.

    Good advice here ^

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