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How to protect your credit score during divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2024 | Property Division

When a marriage ends, the financial ties that once bound two people together can become a complex web of debt, credit and financial obligations. Unfortunately, this often results in individuals emerging from a divorce with a damaged credit score, making it harder to move forward and rebuild their lives.

The reasons for this are multifaceted and complex. As a married couple, you likely made financial decisions together, sharing credit accounts, loans and debts in both names. Now, as you divorce, these shared financial obligations can become a source of conflict and stress, leading to missed payments, defaulted loans and credit card debt.

In Texas, as in many U.S. states, the law divides marital debt equally between spouses, regardless of who incurred the debt. This means that you may be held responsible for debts you did not even know about. How can you protect your credit score during this challenging time?

Safeguarding your credit score

To protect your credit score during and after a divorce, here are some key steps to follow:

  • Stay on top of your credit: Regularly review your credit report to detect any discrepancies or unexpected changes. This will help you stay informed and take prompt action if any issues arise.
  • Separate joint accounts: Close joint accounts and open individual ones to prevent future liability for your former spouse’s spending. Make sure to settle and transfer all joint accounts to individual accounts where possible, giving you full control over your financial affairs.
  • Track all bills: Keep a detailed record of all bills and ensure that you pay them on time. Consider setting up automatic payments to avoid missing due dates during this stressful transition.
  • Communicate with creditors: Contact your creditors and inform them about your situation. If needed, negotiate payment plans that work for you. Keeping them in the loop can prevent misunderstandings and missed payments.

By following these steps, you can set yourself up for a stronger financial future post-divorce.

Divorce can have a far-reaching impact on your life, affecting not just your personal relationships but also your financial stability. During such a challenging time, it is crucial to also pay attention to your financial well-being to steer clear of long-term consequences that can significantly affect your future.