What If Your Spouse Leaves You?

by Dual Income No Kids on February 7, 2010 · 3 comments

Hello Folks,

Obviously the world is not a perfect place. So, in the unhappy event that your husband or wife leaves you, there are some things you need to immediately.

1) Remove your name from everything. Where possible, get your name off the credit cards, bank accounts, etc. etc. The way to do this is to call the card companies or send a certified letter.

2) Close the joint accounts immediately. If you have joint accounts with your spouse close them. Take your half of the money and have the bank cut a check to your spouse for the other half.

These actions may seem somewhat extreme but sometimes people deal with their emotional conflicts through money. Due to the emotional difficulties involved with divorce some people may feel inclined to act out at their partners via their checkbooks by racking up big bills. You don’t need to be on the receiving end of that.

Also, if you reconcile you can always open up new accounts or credit cards. So if you do these things it doesn’t mean your marriage will be over. You are just protecting yourself.

Thanks,

James

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1 Anonymous February 8, 2010 at 6:31 am

Hmmm… how does Miel feel about the fact that you're giving this thought…

Just kidding! Thanks for the post.

2 Financial Samurai February 9, 2010 at 4:30 am

You guys doing OK? Kinda weird topic to discuss without going into much detail no?

Hope things can work out. Distance should make the heart grow fonder!

3 Dual Income No Kids February 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Don't worry, we are doing fine. I think James must have been feeling my being gone for a month in Congo. Luckily I'm back and we are enjoying cabin fever here in DC's winter wonderland.

Best,

Miel

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