Published December 11, 2013
Dear To Her Credit,
I opened a credit card in my husband's name, with me as the authorized user. I forged his signature on the application.
He was unaware of this and now it's affecting his credit negatively because I've fallen behind on the payments. What can I do to remove this from his credit?
There's precious little you can do to simply remove this from your husband's credit record at this point, I'm afraid.
You've already got three strikes against you:
You can't go to the credit card company now and say, "Oh, I want to take my husband off this card." You can close the card so no more purchases can be made, which is probably a good idea. But the damage is done.
If your husband discovered this when he checked his credit report, he's probably upset -- and justifiably so. To show that you're sorry, you need to make amends. The best way to do that is to catch up on the payments, and then pay off the balance as quickly as possible. I don't mean make the minimum payments for the next 10 years or make extra payments when you have the money. To get rid of this debt, you need to concentrate your full energies on it until it's gone.
Think of this debt payoff plan as a sprint. You're going to do things you couldn't do long term, you're going to live in a style you wouldn't find comfortable very long, but you're going to pay off this debt faster than you ever thought possible. Here's how:
This may seem hard, but it's not forever. You made a mistake, but almost all mistakes in life can be fixed if you work hard enough. Your husband's credit score will improve when the account is current, and it will be even better when it is paid in full. In time, this account will matter less and less on his credit history until it disappears altogether.