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(750 ILCS 65/15)
(from Ch. 40, par. 1015)
(a)(1) The expenses of the family and of the education of the children
shall be chargeable upon the property of both husband and wife, or of
either of them, in favor of creditors therefor, and in relation thereto
they may be sued jointly or separately.
(2) No creditor, who has a claim against a spouse or former spouse for an expense
incurred by that spouse or former spouse which is not a family expense, shall maintain an
action against the other spouse or former spouse for that expense except:
(A) an expense for which the other spouse or former
spouse agreed, in writing, to be liable; or
(B) an expense for goods or merchandise purchased by
or in the possession of the other spouse or former spouse, or for services ordered by the other spouse or former spouse.
(3) Any creditor who maintains an action in violation of this subsection
(a) for an expense other than a family expense against
a spouse or former spouse other than the
spouse or former spouse
who incurred the expense, shall be liable to the other spouse
or former spouse for his or her costs, expenses and attorney's fees
incurred in defending the action.
(4) No creditor shall, with respect to any claim against a spouse or former spouse for
which the creditor is prohibited under this subsection (a) from maintaining
an action against the other spouse or former spouse, engage in any collection efforts
against the other spouse or former spouse, including, but not limited to,
informal or formal
collection attempts, referral of the claim to a collector or collection
agency for collection from the other spouse or former spouse, or making any
representation to a credit
reporting agency that the other spouse or former spouse is any way liable
for payment of the claim.
(Source: P.A. 101-13, eff. 6-12-19.)