No, your credit works independently of each other. Most couples share bad credit because they share the liability for the credit accounts. Thus, when they fall behind on payments both their credit is affected. In the case where credit was obtained independently of each other, the bad credit will not carry over to the other upon marriage unless the spouse agrees to becomes a co-signer and agrees to become legally obligated for the debt.
It depends on how bad the credit of the other spouse is. If their credit isn't at least decent, getting a joint loan will be based upon the FICO scores of both parties. You won't get to choose the higher score in order to get a good rate. So, it would be best to get separate financing until the spouse with the poor score improves their credit.
In most cases a card holding spouse can add the other as an "authorized user" without permission, however those types of cards are not liable for repayment of the balance, even on transactions preformed on their card. It is not legal for one spouse to add the other on any credit applications has a "co-signer" without that persons permission. However, the liability would not be in the hands of the credit card company, since if you are listed as a "co-signed" and claim you did not agree, sign-up or give you spouse permission, you risk your spouse being turned over to the States Attorneys office for consideration of Credit Card and Identify Fraud.
This answer will vary from state to state because of the penal systems but here is a stock answer. In order to apply for credit the person whose name appears as the account holder whether it is a credit card, car loan, personal loan or even a bank account that person must sign the credit application accepting the terms and in most cases swearing that the information given is true and accurate as well as authorizing the creditor to do a credit investigation. For a spouse to open an account without the other spouses knowlege or consent is a crime similar in character to that of identity theft or credit card fraud because they would have to fraudulently sign the other spouses name to the application. This is most common abuse is on credit card applications because the persons receiving the information from the applicant is not in front of them and they have no idea if the person whose name appears signed it or not. If your spouse did indeed sign your name to a credit application for the purpose of defrauding the credit card company that is a felony and in some states could have other related charges attached. If your spouse or ex-spouse did this you should contact the credit card company immediatly and request them to send a copy of the completed and signed credit application and inform them that you did not sign the application. Hope that was helpful. Ah, there is an exception to that if the spouse has a power of attorney over the financial affairs of the other spouse or parent which authorizes them to solicit credit on their behalf.
To answer your question: No, the credit of one spouse will not effect the credit of the other in any way. The only time the credit of one spouse will effect that of the other is when both open a joint loan, or joint credit account, in which case those specific accounts will be reported to both of your credit histories. That's it! :o) Hope this answers your question. the last answer is correct. I would just like to add that as a stay at home mother with a husband with bad credit, I am severly affected. His bad credit is 6-10 years old, my credit is immaculate. We can not get a car or a house on credit, we have to pay cash for everything. we can not use my "perfect" credit because I do not work. We can not get approved jointly, and he can not get approved alone because of his horrible credit(even though he makes more than 100,000 a year). If you marry into bad credit it does not affect your score, but it may affect your life.
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