Chapter 12

Protecting Your Credit During Major Life Challenges

In This Chapter

arrow Creating good credit as a twosome

arrow Sheltering your credit in a divorce

arrow Maintaining your credit after losing your job

arrow Handling debt incurred because of medical bills or the death of a spouse

arrow Using credit wisely in retirement

Life is full of surprises. You may plan to get married, but few of us plan to get divorced. You may plan to get a job but end up unemployed. You may plan time at the gym to be healthy, but you may not plan for illness and subsequent medical debts. And have you planned how to handle your credit when your spouse passes on?

That’s what this chapter is all about. Building on Chapter 11, which links your life goals to your credit, here you find what you need to know to survive the surprises that life events bring. No matter what life throws at you, you’re better able to cope if you maintain good credit. In marriage or divorce, in employment or unemployment, in sickness or health, knowing ...

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