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DuPage County divorce attorneysWhen divorcing couples think about the process ahead, they tend to focus on the division of their assets. However, it is important to understand that marital debt is usually factored into the divorce settlement as well. Learn more about divorcing with joint debt, and discover what a seasoned divorce attorney can do to improve the outcome of your case and future financial standing. 

How Debt is Divided During an Illinois Divorce 

Debt is handled a lot like assets in a divorce; parties report any debts that they have and they decide whom will be responsible for it. Some negotiate this matter, while others have their debts and assets divided by a judge. In either case, the balance of the debt is usually deducted from the settlement amount. The assumed “owner” of the debt is then responsible for paying it back. Unfortunately, if the spouse that is responsible for the debt defaults, creditors may start looking at the other party to collect any remaining balance. 

Divorce and Your Creditors 

A lot of couples assume that they can resolve debt issues by simply provide their creditors with a copy of their divorce decree. Sadly, this is rarely ever the case. Creditors do not concern themselves with the life details of their debtors. Their only objective is to recover the money that they have loaned, and since they are not required to honor any agreements that are made between you and your spouse during a divorce, they will likely turn to you if your spouse defaults on their payments, disappears, or files bankruptcy after the divorce. 

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Illinois divorce lawyersStudent loan debt is currently at an all-time high in the United States ($1.5 trillion), and it is creating excessive financial stress for married couples all over the country. In fact, a survey of divorced couples revealed that student loans were a factor in one-third of all failed marriages, and a total of 13 percent specifically blamed student loans for the end of their relationship. How are these debts divided when a couple pursues a divorce, and how can a seasoned divorce attorney help protect your financial well-being during the process? The following information explains. 

How Student Loan Debt is Divided in an Illinois Divorce

Debts, like assets, are divided equitably in an Illinois divorce. What this essentially means is that the assets, income, and future earning potential of each party is considered when determining how the debt should be split. The one exception that may apply is if the debt was incurred prior to the start of the marriage; in this instance, it is typically considered pre-marital debt, and the owner of the loan is usually responsible for repaying it on their own. 

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Wheaton divorce lawyersDuring an Illinois divorce, a couple’s marital estate is totaled and then divided according to the law. In that marital estate is not just a couple’s assets and income; debt is factored in as well. Unfortunately, this can be especially problematic in a divorce - and not just because it can affect the amount of one’s settlement. 

Couples might have different values when it comes to money and debt, and one party may have contributed more to the couple’s debt load than the other. Alternatively, one party may have less of an ability to repay the debts because they have a fixed or limited earning ability. Whatever the situation, parties are encouraged to educate themselves on dealing with debt in a divorce, and that includes learning how to go about deciding who should pay for the couple’s credit card debts. 

Making the Decision Through Negotiation 

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