My Thai wife often gambles when she gets drunk. I want to divorce her but I do not want to be responsible for her gambling debts of which I am unaware of at present. What are my rights and responsibilities in Thailand.
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A gambling debt cannot be enforced by law because gambling is illegal in Thailand (Gambling Act BE 2478 (1935)) and secondly, under Thai family and divorce laws, you would only be jointly responsible for common debts, her gambling debt, from her personal amusement would not be a common debt pursuant section 1535 civil code. Beware that if you own a house in Thailand and this is registered as a personal property of your wife (the land office procedure) then she would be able to transfer ownership of the house without your consent to pay off her gambling debts.
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