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Divorce, debts and credit

On Behalf of | Oct 9, 2023 | Divorce |

Financial entanglements can complicate matters further when a couple embarks on the often-arduous divorce journey. One of the pressing concerns is how joint debts, such as mortgages, car loans or credit card balances, can impact individual credit scores. A misstep in handling these obligations can lead to long-lasting repercussions on one’s financial health.

The way joint debts are managed during the separation process can significantly influence each person’s credit score. Credit bureaus don’t differentiate who should pay a joint debt. They only see if it’s paid or not. Both credit scores can be affected if one party defaults or misses payments.

Navigating joint debts during divorce

Understanding the nature and extent of joint debts is the first step. Both parties should obtain their credit reports to understand all joint obligations clearly. Closing joint credit accounts or freezing them can prevent further debts from accumulating. For debts that can’t be immediately cleared, consider transferring them to individual accounts so each person is solely responsible for their liabilities.

Creating a debt payment agreement

Creating a clear, written agreement on handling joint debts is essential during the divorce proceedings. This includes determining who will pay what and ensuring both parties agree. Consistent communication is key. If one person struggles with a payment, discussing and finding a solution together is crucial to avoid late payments.

It’s easy to overlook joint debts amid the emotional turmoil of divorce. Making sure that you take care of them now can help you avoid headaches over them in the future. Working with someone who can help you find ways to address marital debt is beneficial.