Hello Tiffany, I'm currently young and engaged, but my fiance's credit is in the low 500s I just wanted to know how will this effect my credit once we tie the knot?

Hi Young & Engaged!
First, congratulations on your pending nuptials. :)
This is a great question and one of the 3 main credit bureaus, Experian answered your question perfectly, so I swiped their answer because it's exactly what I would have said. :)

Getting married does not cause your credit history to be combined with your new husband’s. That doesn’t mean his bad credit history won’t impact your ability to get credit together, though.

Each of you always will have separate credit histories. But, when you apply for credit jointly, the lender will consider both of your credit histories when making its decision. While your history may be sparkling, his flawed history could cause you to be declined or to pay higher interest rates and fees.

This is particularly true in mortgage lending. Because a home purchase is such a large debt, both of your credit histories, as well as income and other financial obligations, will almost certainly be considered to determine if, as a couple, you qualify for the loan.
States with community property laws may consider any credit applications or debts incurred during your marriage as joint debt. That doesn’t mean your credit histories are combined, but it does mean your new husband’s bad history could influence every credit decision.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t marry your fiancé. Instead, have a serious conversation about your current financial lives. Share your credit histories and other financial details, both good and bad. Then, put together a plan to address any issues.

Money management, including credit, is the most common source of marriage difficulty. Going into the marriage with complete awareness of the financial baggage you both carry, and with a plan to resolve any issues, is a great way to increase your chances of living happily ever after.
Great response right?! I hope this helps. :)
LIVE RICHER,
The Budgetnista

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