The Doctrine of Necessaries PowerPoint Presentation

Authored By: South Carolina Legal Services

There are many things to think about when entering into a marriage or civil union. One that is often overlooked or that people just don’t know about is the Doctrine of Necessaries (sometimes referred to as Necessities). In South Carolina, this doctrine allows third-party creditors, usually hospitals, to seek payment for a hospital bill from not only the patient but also the patient’s spouse. Under this theory, the spouse is liable for the “necessaries” of the other spouse. In this episode of Level Up Law, we define the doctrine and hit the high points of how it might apply in certain situations.

Last Review and Update: Sep 16, 2021
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