Thursday, September 29, 2011

FAQ #22: If I get married after filing for bankruptcy will it affect my spouse?

If you get married after filing bankruptcy, the “taint” of bankruptcy on your credit report will not affect your spouse’s credit. However, a bankruptcy on one spouse’s credit may make it difficult to obtain joint credit accounts, which are often necessary for large purchases, such as cars or home mortgages. This is because the lender will consider the total credit risk of all parties to the note, not just the one with the good credit. While you still may qualify for a loan, a poor credit rating may exclude you from certain FHA loans, and you may be required to pay a higher interest rate over the course of the loan.

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