If you are like millions of others who have suffered the painful loss of a divorce, you probably know that the effects of losing not only a spouse effect you emotionally they also affect you financially. Whether you have lost a source of income and it’s affecting your ability to pay your bills on time or you are obligated by the court system to pay off your spouse’s debt chances are you need to work on repairing your credit.
One way to work on repairing your credit after a divorce is to try to negotiate with your ex- spouse on helping out with each other’s credit repair. If you both realize it is to both of your benefits to pay off credit card and judgments together, you will be able to pay down joint debts accrued though your marriage all that faster and in half the time if only one spouse works at paying down debt.
If your ex- spouse doesn’t want to negotiate on working on paying off your joint debt together, ask if he or she would be willing to agree to pay half of either the whole balance or half of the monthly payment each month. This will help with repairing not only your own credit but your ex- spouse’s credit also.
A good way to repair your credit after a divorce is to set up payment arrangements on all past due credit accounts, whether they be on your home, vehicle or credit cards, making a payment and a half each month on your revolving credit debts will assist in repairing your credit and raising your credit scores.
Be sure to always pay off your credit card balances monthly. If you owe any late fees or have any annual charges on the balance of your loan, be sure to pay them off as soon as possible and if you can each month. The best way to repair your credit after a divorce is to keep as many accounts as you can in good standing.
Try to avoid opening new credit accounts for it least the first year after your divorce. If you have been working at paying off your spouse’s debt through a court order or out of a mutual agreement, be sure to wait before racking up new credit card balances or opening up new accounts, this can have a severe negative impact on your overall credit rating and make the credit repair process longer and harder to achieve.
If you are experiencing severe financial difficulty and you are having trouble paying even your minimum credit card payments each month, do not hesitate to contact your lenders immediately. They can set up payment arrangements and help defer late fees and maybe even let you skip some payments until you are financially able to begin making your regular payments again.
Making sure you pay off all revolving credit balances on time or in a timely manner will assure that you are well on your way to the credit repair that you deserve to have for a future of financial success with maximum buying power.
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