30 Oct 2008

Divorce – How to rebuild your life – your credit

Post by Kenneth Baskerville

divorceYour life is not over when you are going through a divorce.  You are in for the ride of your life.  You will have a bumpy road ahead, but you have to make sure that you are able to take on this challenge head on.  You need to make sure that you are ready for the world that is ahead of you and what you need to.

You will need to think about more than just the emotional support that you need when you are going through a divorce.  You need to worry about your finances.  You will want to have a great credit standing so that you are ready to go on with you life on your own.  You need to make wise choices for your finances and to keep your life together and on track.  You will want to start with your credit cards and find out how to keep them in control.

You want to make sure that you are canceling your credit cards that are in both you and your ex partner’s name. You want to make sure that you are terminating them first so that you are not going to have any battles over charges.  You will then want to make sure that you are getting rid of the credit cards that are not good for you.  This will include any of the cards that have a high interest rate or that have annual fees added to them. You do not want to be paying high interest on a credit card that you may or may not need for a big purchase at some point.

You will want to make sure that you are finding ways to lower your interest rates on your credit cards that you do keep. You can do this sometimes by simply asking the card companies to do it. Sometimes if you are a good customer they will help you with your interest rate and give you a break.  You may want to think very carefully before you decide to use your credit cards on some of the items that you purchase. You need to make sure that you are in need of this purchase before you decide to make the transaction.
You will need to contact all of your creditors and make sure that you are informing them that you are divorced and that you are not going to want your ex to have access to your accounts.  In some of the cases, you may have to close your current accounts that you both have.  Sometimes they may have to arrange for you to have a new account set up so that your information is the only thing on the account.  This will help you keep track of your credit so that you are not going to be responsible for any purchases if any that are not by you. 

You will need to start building new credit for yourself. You may want to think about how you are going to do this. You want to make sure that you are making the right choices so that you are able to keep your credit in good standing and make a new path for you to go on. You want to try and find a way to pay off your old credit cards and loan amounts so that you are starting with a fresh and clean slate.

Another good idea is to open up a bank account or savings account so that you can get on your way to saving money for yourself that you will need later on.  You will want to make sure that you are able to put a little bit of money away each week or month so that you can start building up your good name.  This will be a huge help for you later on when you may try to open up accounts for credit cards or for bigger purchases like a home, car, or to get any type of loan for any reason. You will see how this will also help you build a stronger financial security net for yourself as well.

You will want to try and keep on track as much as you can.  Avoid buying anything that you do not need and keep your spending to a minimum.  Once you have achieved your goal of building up your credit and getting back on the right track, you will see that you can start your way to a better and more secure financial future.