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Going your Separate Ways: How Divorce Can Ruin Your Good Credit

Aug 17, 2007
In the event of a divorce, many couples do not realize that it is necessary for both individual's future to consider the changes that may occur in their credit rating. Despite the reasons for the divorce, it is important to take care of financial business before you go your separate ways, especially if there are children involved. When you entered into the marriage you may have built most or all of your credit together, which may have been fine as a couple, but often leaves one person at a disadvantage after the separation.

Some marriages unfortunately end abruptly for various reasons. For a stay-at-home mother this can be a nightmare when it comes to finances. All of the assets, including all vehicles are commonly under the husband's name if he is the only one working. The woman could be stuck with little or no belongings to move on with and no job or prior work experience. On the other hand, this could hurt him if there is any money owed on any of these belongings because they are now all his responsibility. If the one who initiated the divorce is not careful, their partner may purposely sabotage their credit for their own enjoyment. This is just one reason that it is important to sit down and make a mutual agreement that will protect the future for both people.

For convenience, most married couples keep all of the bills in one name. This means that one person is building credit while the other is not. The other person will inevitably have a difficult time getting a loan for a new home because they will have no credit score to work with. Even if the two who are separating do not want to remain in each other's lives, an agreement could be made for the one who has no credit to have their name transferred to a bill before the divorce is final.

Divorce is a tough situation even before credit is concerned. Children should always be taken into consideration as a priority to both parents so that the child is always taken well care of at all times. Years of building good credit could be ruined if a divorce is not handled maturely and with careful consideration. Keep in mind that at one time you did love the other person and despite whatever may have happened, no one deserves to struggle with unnecessary bad credit.
About the Author
Tom Ambrozewicz, mortgage and real estate broker since 1993, is one of the pioneers in using breakthrough audio technology on his web sites. You can read or you can listen to professional narrator reading to you. You can check all credit tips at Ask-How.info now.
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