Rebuilding credit is a crucial step toward financial independence after a divorce
Foster City, CA - January 18, 2022 - Roughly 1.5 million Americans get divorced each year and a good portion of that number may face an unexpected challenge: rebuilding their credit history. CardRatings.com releases How to Build Credit After a Divorce, a guide outlining steps to assist recent divorcees with re-establishing credit and avoiding some of the financial difficulties associated with divorce.
"Credit scores may not be at the top of mind while going through a divorce," notes Brooklyn Lowery, editorial director and credit card analyst of CardRatings.com. "But it can become a problem if you don't prioritize an independent credit history after divorce."
Attending to finances after a divorce can be especially crucial for women. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, recently divorced women are nearly twice as likely as recently divorced men to experience poverty.
Divorcees need to clearly establish their financial obligations and start building a credit history that allows them access to financial tools such as loans and credit cards. With employers and landlords increasingly checking credit reports, credit history issues can affect career prospects and housing options as well.
The new resource from the leading credit card comparison site outlines five steps toward building strong, independent finances after a divorce:
Review recent credit reports. Check to see if a former spouse has any outstanding late payments to which you are connected. Try to resolve any issues that are uncovered. If nothing else, assessing credit reports yields a good understanding of your starting point.
Close joint obligations. Whether it's a joint credit card or a mortgage, any shared financial accounts can be problematic. These accounts can enable an ex to run up charges and any poor payment habits reflect on both account owners.
Fix credit report mistakes. Credit reports can contain inaccuracies. Now is the time to clear up any errors.
Take steps to rebuild. A good first step can be opening a secured credit card and establishing an on-time payment history. Before long, it may be possible to convert the secured card to a regular credit card account.
Manage credit responsibly. Make payments on time and use less than 30% of available credit at any time.
Lowery is available to offer further insight into surviving credit disruption after a divorce, as well as tips on how consumers can get the most out of their credit cards.
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