What is a community property state?
Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin are community property states. Community property laws require divorcing couples to split assets acquired during a marriage equally. Marital property includes earnings, all property bought with those earnings, and all debts accrued during the marriage.
In the above nine states they have tried to alleviate the pressure of divorce by passing community property laws.
When getting a mortgage in a Community Property State, a spouse might not be on the new mortgage but their credit report will still be pulled and their debts will be added to the debt-to-income ratios of the mortgage borrower. However, this only applies to FHA & VA mortgages taken in the above states, not on Conventional loans.
Getting divorced and need to get a mortgage for another home
So if a borrower is in the process of separation or is separated but not legally divorced yet, the debts of their soon to be ex-spouse will be counted against them when buying a new property and applying for an FHA or VA mortgage.
Getting a mortgage during a separation and/or divorce can be tricky. Always make sure to talk to an experienced mortgage lender. Know all the ins and outs of financing during a marital separation.