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First Substitute H.B. 452

This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM by lerror. -->

Representative Stephen E. Sandstrom proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Stephen E. Sandstrom

Senate Sponsor: John L. Valentine

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill allows for a creditor to collect from either a husband or wife or both for debts
             10      incurred during the marriage.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that a creditor may collect a debt from either spouse when the debt was
             14      incurred during the marriage.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      REPEALS AND REENACTS:
             21          30-2-9, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 109
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 30-2-9 is repealed and reenacted to read:
             25          30-2-9. Family expenses -- Joint and several liability.

             26          (1) A husband and wife may be H. [ sued ] .H jointly or individually
             26a      H. responsible .H for expenses of the family H. members for reasonable and necessary
             26b      medical and dental expenses, and other necessities, including
             27      [ and ] .H education of the H. minor .H children.
             28          (2) In addition to the expenses H. [ of the family and education of the children ] described
             28a      in Subsection (1) .H , a creditor
             29      shall be entitled to recover from the husband and wife, jointly and severally, the following
             30      additional amounts if the amounts are provided for in a written contract signed by either the
             31      husband or wife:
             32          (a) a collection fee H. [ as provided in Section 12-1-11 ] .H ;
             33          (b) interest at the rate specified in the contract;
             34          (c) court costs;
             35          (d) reasonable attorney fees; and
             36          (e) any other amounts provided for in the contract.
             37          (3) H. [ This section ] Unless the court determines that it would work an injustice,
             37a      Subsection (2) .H applies to all contracts H. under this section .H entered into by either
             37b      spouse any time the
             38      parties H. [ lived ] are married and living .H together as husband and wife.

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