You spent your single days building a good credit rating, paying off your debts and saving a nice chunk of change. Your partner? Not so much. In fact, your future spouse has quite a bit of debt.
Marriage is about making it work for better or worse, but it doesn’t seem fair that exchanging vows could unravel all your hard work. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to. Here’s what you should know about protecting your finances when marrying someone with debt.
How Getting Married Affects Your Credit
When two people get married, they combine many areas of their lives. The two of you may share the same home, bank accounts, perhaps even last name. So how does getting married affect your credit?
“The short answer is that it does not,” said Emily Pollock, a partner specializing in matrimonial and family law at Kasowitz Benson Torres in New York. She noted that