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Infographic: After ‘I do,’ financial skeletons emerge from the closet


Now you tell me: Nearly half of divorced or separated adults participating in a survey said they found financial skeletons in the closet of their spouse, but not until after marriage.

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Couples who have made the leap in to matrimony may have thought they knew all about their partners, but a survey says many adults discovered a spouse’s financial “skeletons in the closet” only after they said “I do.” Of the surveyed adults who are divorced or separated, 45 percent said they found these financial skeletons of low credit scores, debt, and lies about income, and bankruptcy. Looking back, 55 percent of the divorced or separated survey participants said they wish they’d had a prenuptual agreement.

The survey  was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of from May 1-3, 2012, among 2,210 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

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