Marital Debts and Dirty Tricks: Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Divorce

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Host Stephanie Lockwood discusses what does – and doesn’t – constitute marital debt during a divorce and covers the five dirtiest divorce tricks people fall prey to with Charlotte divorce lawyer Erin Clarey on Divorce Talk Radio.

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Stay focused, talk to your lawyer, and don't get swindled.

Sneaky spouses are pulling more tricks than ever before, according to Charlotte divorce lawyer Erin Clarey. In a recent Divorce Talk Radio podcast, host Stephanie Lockwood interviewed Clarey to get the scoop on what spouses are doing today that they haven't done in the past, like racking up credit card debt, weaseling out of verbal agreements and leaving the other party out in the cold – literally. Lockwood and Clarey discussed these common issues in "Can Marital Debts Occur Post-Marriage?"

Lockwood and Clarey aired the podcast to discuss cases in which spouses disagree on what constitutes marital debt, as well, and Clarey encourages people to consult with an attorney at the first indication of impending divorce.

“Stay focused, talk to your lawyer, and don’t get swindled,” says Clarey. “Don’t let your emotions take over: guilt, anger, or anything like that.” This is especially important for people who aren’t sure what their rights are.

When a couple incurs a debt together, but the due date occurs after separation, for example, it should be considered a marital debt. However, a smooth-talking spouse can pull a fast one and trick the other party into tackling the debt alone.

“Those are the kinds of things you can get tricked into agreeing to,” says Clarey.

Clarey also warns against relying on verbal agreements with your spouse, citing parental responsibilities as one example. Having written agreements can help parents from falling prey to each other’s whims; it’s much more difficult to renege on a deal when it’s in writing. Clarey advises people to start a paper trail from day one.

Divorce Talk Radio runs a weekly podcast to clarify common (and sometimes not-so-common) divorce issues to make divorce easier on all parties. The show has recently hosted Charlotte divorce lawyer Jennifer Nancarrow (“March Means Divorce,” March 28) and Charlotte divorce lawyer David Self (“Alimony in Abundance,” March 21).

About Rosen Law Firm

Rosen Law Firm operates Divorce Talk Radio to assist couples transition through divorce as easily as possible. The firm has offices in Raleigh, Charlotte and Chapel Hill and provides services including custody disputes, property distribution, alimony, domestic violence relief and separation agreement.

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