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Improve Your FICO Credit Score

How to Improve Your Poor FICO® Credit Score - If you have fallen behind in your payments, begin immediately to repair your credit record. Here are some tips when facing this problem.

  • Recognize that you are overextended, and contact your creditors to see if they will set up a new payment schedule that you can maintain. In any case, don't ignore your bills.
  • Immediately stop purchasing with credit. Take your credit cards out of your wallet. Store them in a spot that is hard to reach, or even cut them up.
  • Consider consolidating debts. You may find it easier to make a single payment rather than several. You might also get a lower interest rate that will make it easier to keep up with payments. Remember that debt consolidation is not a cure-all. You have to learn to control your spending to avoid future debt.
  • Contact a credit counseling organization. You can obtain referrals for organizations in your area through the National Foundation for Consumer Credit.
  • Don't expect miracles. Don't believe companies that promise to fix a poor credit rating quickly and painlessly for a fee. As long as it is accurate and timely, negative information cannot be removed from your credit record. The only way to improve a credit record is to let time pass and establish a record of on-time payment.

About Divorce and Credit

Aside from its non-financial effects, divorce can cause problems with your credit record. The end of a marriage does not erase the debts you and your former spouse took on as a couple. Even if your former spouse is ordered by the court to pay debts from the marriage, you can become liable if they are not paid. Here are a few suggestions to protect your financial standing:

  • Decide how to divide or dispose of property. If necessary, you can use a mediator to work through this with your former spouse.
  • Close or separate joint accounts. Decide with your former spouse who will be responsible for paying bills, and notify your creditors of your divorce.
  • Establish independent credit, if you do not already have it.
  • Make sure bills are paid.
  • Recognize that you are overextended, and contact your creditors to see if they will set up a new payment schedule that you can maintain. In any case, don't ignore your bills.
  • Immediately stop purchasing with credit. Take your credit cards out of your wallet. Store them in a spot that is hard to reach, or even cut them up.
  • Consider consolidating debts. You may find it easier to make a single payment rather than several. You might also get a lower interest rate that will make it easier to keep up with payments. Remember that debt consolidation is not a cure-all. You have to learn to control your spending to avoid future debt.
  • Contact a credit counseling organization. You can obtain referrals for organizations in your area through the National Foundation for Consumer Credit.
  • Don't expect miracles. Don't believe companies that promise to fix a poor credit rating quickly and painlessly for a fee. As long as it is accurate and timely, negative information cannot be removed from your credit record. The only way to improve a credit record is to let time pass and establish a record of on-time payment.
About Divorce and Credit

Aside from its non-financial effects, divorce can cause problems with your credit record. The end of a marriage does not erase the debts you and your former spouse took on as a couple. Even if your former spouse is ordered by the court to pay debts from the marriage, you can become liable if they are not paid. Here are a few suggestions to protect your financial standing:
  • Decide how to divide or dispose of property. If necessary, you can use a mediator to work through this with your former spouse.
  • Close or separate joint accounts. Decide with your former spouse who will be responsible for paying bills, and notify your creditors of your divorce.
  • Establish independent credit, if you do not already have it.
  • Make sure bills are paid.
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