Debt Help To Relieve Financial Stress During Marriage Or Divorce

Financial stress can take a significant toll on a marriage. Clients seeking Edmonton debt help from us often report that financial problems are the number one strain on their relationship.

In some situations, debt can lead to a marriage breakdown and divorce. The financial stressors that can plague a relationship are mounting debt (such as credit cards, loans and lines of credit), disagreements about spending levels, and difficulties with sticking to the household budget. These issues are challenging during marriage and can be even more challenging when a marriage ends. Navigating a divorce while sorting out responsibility for debt (whether jointly or individually held) and trying to set up a new life financially independent of your ex is no easy feat.

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Relieve Your Financial Stress: Debt Help Edmonton

The good news is that there are solutions to relieve your financial stress, whether you are married or at the end of a relationship. Learning more about finances and making a combined effort to pay off stressful debts may save your relationship. Conversely, if the relationship has already ended, it is still an option for exes to work together to pay off debt before divorcing. Edmonton debt counsellors at Fox-Miles & Associates Inc. Licensed Insolvency Trustee to specialize in relieving financial distress. We provide helpful financial advice from compassionate, qualified credit counsellors. Your first consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose (except feeling overwhelmed by your finances). Call our offices today at 780-444-3939 to schedule your free consultation. Let’s talk about the ways we can help.

Our Debt Solution Services

We provide debt help to individuals and couples. Our qualified credit counsellors will review your financial situation – debts, income, and assets – and discuss your options. Our debt solution services include:

  • Credit Counselling: We will customize a realistic payment schedule and work with you to ensure you follow this budget.
  • Application for Orderly Payment of Debts: We can assist Alberta residents with filing an application for a Court Order that consolidates all unsecured debt into one monthly payment with a fixed interest rate of 5%, paid over a set period distributed through the courts.
  • Consumer Proposal: We prepare a consumer proposal on your behalf that allows you to arrange partial payments of everything you owe. You sign a binding legal agreement to follow the payment schedule. Once an Edmonton consumer proposal is accepted, the debt collection process stops. That means debt collectors are not allowed to contact you anymore – a benefit that cannot be overstated when relieving financial stress.
  • Personal Bankruptcy: After carefully reviewing your financial situation, we can determine if bankruptcy is an appropriate course of action for you. If so, our Edmonton bankruptcy trustees will guide you through every process step.

Fox-Miles & Associates Licensed Insolvency Trustee Edmonton can help with these options. The first step is to come to our office for a free consultation. After reviewing your financial statements, we will discuss the options that would fit your circumstances, weigh each option’s pros and cons, and work with you to create a strategy for obtaining results.

Debt And Divorce: Some Issues Of Note

There are several aspects of debt specific to divorcing or divorced couples. Here are a few points of note from our Edmonton debt counsellors:

A separated or divorced couple can still file a joint bankruptcy or joint consumer proposal.

Bankruptcy does not discharge outstanding spousal support or child support payments (this is because of federal law. Specifically, section 178 (1)(b) Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act).

Spouses can make a separation agreement dealing with how they will divide joint debt. Still, that agreement does not eliminate jointly held debt in the eyes of a creditor (in other words, unless the lender agrees otherwise, if one spouse defaults or files for bankruptcy, creditors can still pursue the other spouse for payment of a joint debt regardless of what the spouses agreed to in their separation agreement).


Whether you are married or at the end of your relationship, we can provide solutions to relieve your financial stress. Call 780-444-3939 today to arrange your free consultation with us at Fox-Miles & Associates Inc. Licensed Insolvency Trustee Edmonton. We provide debt help and debt counselling in Edmonton and clients in the surrounding areas, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Leduc, Hinton and Edson. Contact us today.