- Per the divorce agreement, my name stays (jointly) on the mortgage, but my ex-wife is responsible for making all mortgage payments
- She missed two payments this spring, triggering a negative credit report. (She has since caught up.)
- Can I appeal the negative credit report(s) on the grounds she is legally responsible for payments?
I do understand that, as joint mortgage holder, I'm jointly responsible should the mortgage go delinquent; if she stops paying, they can come after me for the money. But where she's legally solely responsible for making payments, can I make a case to the credit bureaus that the missed payment penalty should not apply to me?
There seems to be some precedent; I recently obtained a mortgage for my own house, and was told that new rules allow the mortgage companies to account for pre-existing joint mortgages differently if there's a legal document obliging the ex-spouse to make payments on the joint mortgage.