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If you don't file a joint return with your spouse you aren't responsible for his/her tax liability. You would use the Married Filing Separate Return tax filing status.

You're probably thinking of the Injured Spouse Form 8379. That is used when a joint return is filed to protect the injured spouse from losing his/her part of a refund that would be taken to pay a liability of the other spouse (such as child support).

Filing MFS is generally not beneficial but in this instance it may be your best option.
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