My husband co-signed student loans (private) for his daughter. She is getting married soon. Will we be able to get off the co-signing once she is married?
By Sally from New Orleans, LA
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He remains a co-signer until she refinances the loan which I would ask him to encourage her to do.
I would contact a manager at the financial institute(s) and ask them whatever ways are possible of how to get co-sign responsibility relinquished. I would ask the questions before the marriage occurs so you can get the wheels moving on it.
If her husband has a good credit rating the lender would probably approve it, but it would depend entirely on the lender and your daughter and husband. There should have been an understanding to that effect when the loan was taken out. There are many new obligations upon getting married and they might not be prepared to take over for a while.
I think your husband is stuck to repay the loan. That is the reason for a co-signer. If the first party (his daughter) has poor or no credit history then the lender wants a co-signer to satisfy his risk that the loan will be repaid. Makes no difference whether she graduates or not, money is owed the lender and has to be paid back. Talk to the lender but I am sure your husband is on the hook for the loan. Too bad the daughter is not taking her responsibility seriously.
She would have to refinance her loans to get him off as a co-signer. If she is not approved, I would strongly recommend getting a life insurance policy on her. That way if something were to happen, the loan would be covered and your husband would not be stuck with the loan. My brother is going throw the same issue right now. My mom can't get off as a co-signer so we is getting a life insurance policy to cover my mom in the case something bad happens.
foxrun41 didn't answer your question. Getting married does not however release your husband as a co-signer. Now, if she consolodates her loans with those of her husband THAT would relinquish your husband from responsibility. Consolodating the loans of her and her spouse would make their joint loan payments less permonth. Of course he needs to have loans before they can consolodate.
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My husband is the co-signer of his daughter's student loan. He's been paying on it for years because she refuses to. She is not in school any more, nor did she graduate. The problem is that my husband got laid off due to downsizing at his job. He still has been paying for it with his unemployment checks, but now he no longer receives unemployment checks. He is now unable to work because of an illness that has progressed in the past year. His daughter does have a steady job.
Is there a way for them to go after her now, instead of my husband since she is employed and my husband isn't? I'm on disability myself and we can't afford to pay on this loan any longer. Any advice? He is now trying to get on disability because of his illness. If he is able to get disability, would they garnish that check to pay for the loan?
Linda from Austin, TX
Generally speaking, your husband and his daughter are equally responsible for the debt, and the lending agency usually collects from whoever it can find. You or your husband may want to inform the lending agency of the daughter's whereabouts, including her work information. Generally speaking, the lenders don't want to do wage garnishment and would much rather work with the daughter to set up an affordable payment plan.
The last I heard, federal law allows wage garnishments to go through without any sort of a court hearing so it's in the daughter's best interest for her to work with the lending agency. But the best and most important advice has already been posted:
Any time a situation arises with your student loan, the first thing to do is to call the lending agency. Make sure to ask them about the rules about disability, or if you can get lower payments based on income. Good luck, and let us know how it works out. (07/10/2007)
By Cindy S.
However, as far as disability income is concerned, every state is likely to have different rules, but they have to leave you enough to live on. Disability income is pretty meager as it is. They may just decide that his daughter will be easier to go after now.
It also might be good to talk to the lender and explain that you have no income at this point and don't know when or if you will have some. Just be a little diligent about your assets. If you have a bunch of money in a bank account, say, although by your story, not so likely, they can get a judgment and take it. I know way more than I want to about loans, lenders, and the dirty tricks they use. I have been dealing with similar stuff since I got laid off a year ago and my husband is getting reduced hours. My loans have been sold to collection agencies and I know how to deal with them. If you like, you can contact me. (07/11/2007)
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