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Re: Credit repair after divorce.

RobertEG wrote:

As a cosigner on the loan, if she defaults, you are still liable in the eyes of the lendor for the default itself until such time as you raise a legal defense based on terms of your divorce decree.  If they bring legal action and name you as a defendant, the specific terms of your divorce decree will be used to determine your liability.  I would get a lawyer ASAP. 


From a legal standpoint, it is virtually impossible for the terms of a divorce decree to bind a creditor on a pre-existing debt.  It is well-settled legal principle that a creditor has recourse against both parties irrespective of the terms of any divorce decree or settlement agreement.  The injured spouse, however, has recourse against the other spouse.