Marital Status

Monday 13th February, 2006
I guess when you get divorced you have some kind of paradigm shift and you notice these things a bit more, but why is it that so many people seem to want to know what my marital status is?

You apply for a bank account, loan, car insurance...almost anything and they want to know if you're single, engaged, married, divorced, widowed etc. Does it really matter?

I know when it comes to insurance it can vary the risk slightly, like divorced guys often buy sports cars and go a bit crazy, but for a bank account and other stuff is it really an issue? When you're divorced are you not just single? When you're engaged aren't you just as unmarried? Why should I be obliged to choose 'divorced' in the drop down?

Now I see why so many people get married a 2nd time ;O)


  1. 1) Esther Said: (13/02/2006 21:16:00 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    I don't know how things work in the UK, but in the States a divorce can affect your credit rating if you previously had shared accounts of any kind. And if you're paying alimony, creditors want to know this - it means a significant portion of your income is being spent *not* paying back what you owe them!

  2. 2) Kitty Said: (13/02/2006 22:29:25 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    I think it has to do with tax. Change in status = change in tax status too. Maybe wrong.

  3. 3) emma Said: (15/02/2006 06:45:42 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    don't get annoyed my dear. Cool down. It's world and they like to refresh your wounds whenever they get chance. Don't take it on heart and do whatever u wish. Don't get bothered.

  4. 4) Rich Said: (27/02/2006 18:10:45 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    you are right - getting divorced does effect your credit rating. Its not fun! I've been divorced for 5 years now....and its still ahve an effect! Re-marrying does help.......if you are brave enough!

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