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Divorce and debt

Dealing with joint credit accounts can add to the headaches and heartbreak of divorce. But there are a number of steps you can take right now to avoid many hassles down the road. Keep in mind that a divorce decree alone has no impact whatsoever on your joint accounts - including credit cards, car loans, home mortgages and lines of credit. Why? Joint accounts mean joint liability. When you obtained a joint credit account, you and your spouse agreed you would both be responsible for paying the bills. In other words, you're both responsible for the debt you incurred during the marriage. And if one of you defaults, creditors will pursue the other.

This article is provided for general guidance and information. It is not intended as, nor should it be construed to be, legal, financial or other professional advice. Please consult with your attorney or financial advisor to discuss any legal or financial issues involved with credit decisions.
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