Debt and Divorce (Checklist)
High living and the ensuing debt wreck marriages. When a couple lives beyond its means, sooner or later, money worries and finance woes assault a marriage. This simple test comes from Consumer Credit Counseling. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should take a closer look at your finances. If you answer yes to four or more, you are probably in financial trouble. This is a good test for people to take before they marry and for them to take together from time to time after they marry.

The Checklist
  • Are you borrowing money on your credit cards to pay regular expenses such as food and utilities?
  • Are you using one form of credit, such as a line of credit or debt-consolidation loans, to make payment on other debts?
  • Are arguments about spending and money increasing in your family?
  • Are you paying more than 20 percent of your take home pay for installment purchases and credit cards charged to the limit?
  • Are your revolving credit cards charged to the limit?
  • Are this month’s bills pouring in before you’ve paid last month’s?
  • Are you unable to save money for anticipated annual and occasional expenses?
  • Are you borrowing more money before the old loan is paid off?
  • When you receive your monthly charge account bills, can you pay only the minimum monthly payment?
  • Do your charge account balances increase each month?



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