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A San Diego Divorce Can Affect Your Credit

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2021 | Divorce

How will a San Diego divorce affect your credit and what do you need to be aware of as you work through the process of a divorce?  Those who are considering getting divorced might have heard that divorces can impact your credit score. There are several things that might occur during a separation which could have a negative impact on credit scores.

A primary example of this is the family home.  Many parties wish to keep possession of the family home or even agree to allow the other party to remain in the house.  It is important to understand the Judge in your case has the authority to award the house to one of the parties.  However, this has no impact on the responsibilities of each party on an existing mortgage.  Many people are surprised when their former spouse misses payments on the mortgage resulting in a negative impact on their own credit. When people apply for refinancing, they will undergo hard credit checks, which can cause drops in their credit scores.  It is important to refinance existing loans to remove this risk.

Another way in which a San Diego divorce can affect your credit is the division of debts and assets.  Parties working through a divorce may also suffer credit score drops if they take on more of the debt in the property division. To help prevent surprises, divorcing spouses should run credit reports so that they can understand all of the accounts that might have their names on them.  Our proven Certified Family Law Specialists will work with you to develop strategies to protect your interests.

Going from two incomes to one is another way a San Diego divorce can affect your credit standing. Credit card companies may decrease limits because of the decreased income, which might mean lead to a higher debt-to-balance ratio. Credit can also be negatively impacted when one party fails to make payments on time. Therefore, spouses should be aware of the importance of closing joint accounts.

It is possible for people to take steps to minimize the negative impacts that their divorces might otherwise have on their credit scores. The attorneys at Burke & Domercq will work closely with your financial adviser and other professionals to help protect our clients’ financial interests. Protect your own interests and contact us or call 760-389-3927 to schedule an appointment for a remote or socially distanced consultation with one of our experienced Certified Family Law Specialists.