I left my marriage of 19 years in 2009 due to abuse. I took almost $30,000 in credit card debt and he took the house but instead of refinancing like he said he lived in it for 18 months and never made a payment so it was foreclosed on. I just recently learned that the 2nd mortgage that we had was not paid and $9300 still shows owed and past due on my credit report. Is there anything I can do to get this taken care of?
There are a couple of possible things you could do. 1) You could take your ex to court for breach of the agreement. Presumably, it has these terms in it and the court could enforce it. Collecting against your ex could be problematic, however. 2) You can write to each of the credit reporting bureaus and explain the circumstances. They will make a notation in your file. While some lenders will not consider the extenuating circumstances, others will, and that may be all that you need. It avoids the need to take your ex to court, in any event, and it shows the lenders that you take your finances and your credit record seriously.
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Real Estate Attorney
Dispute the charge on your credit report and send a copy of the divorce judgment to the major credit reporting agencies. Explain that you were not responsible for that $9,300 and take them to court if they refuse to remove the charge.
Consumer Protection Attorney
Yes, as the other attorneys have mentioned, you can dispute this with the credit bureaus. Unfortunately, a divorce agreement doesn't cancel out a contract you sign with the banks. You are still legally obligated on the note if you signed the note. You may want to investigate the possibility of suing your ex, or speaking with your family lawyer about whether there are any repercussions for not abiding by the divorce agreement.
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Credit Repair Attorney
You are on the hook for this $9,300 if your name is on the 2nd mortgage. If you can't get the ex to contribute and/or if he is insolvent or uncollectable, you can seek to cut a deal with this lender. 2nd mortgages can sometimes be reduced through negotiation. I suggest you contact an experienced consumer protection lawyer to assist you.
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