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Credit Counseling for a Colorado Divorce


Summary:  Credit counseling can provide guidance on how to budget your income and expenses. However, for most people it will not help. Most credit counselors are bill collectors in disguise. Or selling financial products on commission. Be careful.


Credit Counseling Can Be Helpful

Divorce and separation is a financial disaster for most Colorado couples. Where the income of the parties is not sufficient to support two separate households, additional day care expenses, and the payment of existing marital debt, some basic financial planning is necessary.

One of the options is to seek credit counseling. (See Chapter 15 regarding debt.)

Credit counseling can help you:

1. Budget your income and expenses;

2. Explore ways to increase your income;

3. Consolidate bills with new (fewer) loans to reduce the number of payments and interest paid; and

4. In years past, they could sometimes negotiate lower interest rates on unsecured debt

Use a "credit counselor" Who Charges a Fixed Fee for a Fixed Session

A number of credit counselors charge a fixed fee, such as $75, for a 1 hour meeting to review your budget, financial plan, etc.  You pay a similar fixed fee for additional sessions. 

These types of counselors can help you a lot to understand and plan.

But, A Lot of Credit Counseling is a Rip Off, Where Your Money is Taken

However, today the role of credit counseling agencies has changed. Beware:

1. Most credit counseling agencies are collection agencies which work for credit card companies - they are paid by credit card companies - even though some charge you;

2. They generally only work with credit cards, not other debt; and

3. Many are scams who charge significant “application” fees and monthly fees.

Many Financial Planners Are Product Salesmen, Getting Commissions

Essentially all "Financial Planners" are only generating commissions at your expense.   Annuities, stock purchases and sales, life insurance, etc. are usually financial products which are not appropriate for your needs.  Instead, they are sold to you so that the salesman earns a commission. Stay away from product sales from commissioned sales people.  Use no-load funds instead.

GIF The material on this web site is for informational purposes only. This law firm practices only in Colorado. An attorney-client relationship is established only when an agreement as to the scope of representation and fees has been signed and a retainer paid. Colorado law may consider these web site materials to be attorney advertising. GIF
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