"What happens to our debts when we divorce?" by Ken Nathens

When you separate or divorce, the debts that you hold in your own name continue to be your responsibility. The debts that your spouse owns in his or her own name continue to be his or her responsibility. Debts that you hold jointly - that is, both of you owe money to the creditor - continue to be the joint responsibility of both parties. However, when determining final property division on separation or divorce, the value of your debts is taken into consideration as is the final determination of calculation of who gets what property and/or if an equalization payment may be owed to the other.