How Does Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Affect My Credit?

Jun 26, 2010 No Comments by

Contrary to what you may hear from some people, there is either little or no difference to your credit score based upon you filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  You should first understand the difference between your credit score and your ability to obtain credit. Often, these words are used interchangeably and confusion can occur. Your credit score is the number the credit reporting agencies assign to your credit. It is based on your history of making payments on your debts. Your ability to obtain credit is based on your ability to make payments in the future and is determined by your income and your debts. If your debts exceed your ability to make payments, you may be unable to obtain credit even if you have consistently paid your debts on a timely basis. In other words, you may have a good credit score yet be unable to purchase a car because you have too much debt. Filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy will most likely reduce your credit score in the short-term. However, filing bankruptcy also eliminates many of your debts and may improve your ability to obtain credit in the future.

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