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Is there Really Life after Bankruptcy?

Aug 17, 2007
Is there life after bankruptcy? Yes! While it can be very hard to live through a bankruptcy life can and does go on. If you have recently had to file for bankruptcy your life might seem out-of-control. You are no doubt worried about your credit rating and whether you are ever going to be granted credit again. If you have lost your home or car during the bankruptcy you might have to start all over again.

Life after Bankruptcy

I am not going to tell you that life after bankruptcy will be identical to pre-bankruptcy living but there are things you can do to slowly rebuild your personal and financial status. One of the things that people are most concerned about after a bankruptcy is whether they will ever be able to get credit again. The answer is yes. Banks are amenable to working with people who have a bankruptcy in their past.

You may be able to obtain a secured credit card. In this case a deposit must be made by you to cover the line of credit. Using this card you can slowly begin to repair your credit history. If you repay your debts promptly and correctly you will be able to get regular credit again after about two years. So as you can see life after bankruptcy is not as dismal as you might think.

One of the better aspects of life after bankruptcy is that your creditors will no longer harass you for repayment of your debts. Phone calls will cease, no garnishing of wages will occur and you do not have to worry about a lawsuit being instituted against you.

You may be concerned about friends, work colleagues and family finding out that you have filed for bankruptcy. While it is true that any bankruptcy filing goes into public record very few people will actually be aware of the filing. Of course, credit bureaus will have access to the information. Unfortunately life after bankruptcy may have you worried about your spouse.

If you are married in a non community property state your spouse will not be affected by the bankruptcy. This is assuming that they did not secure any debts relative to the bankruptcy. In community property states you or your spouse can sign for a debt. The debt will them become the responsibility of both people. Life after bankruptcy may include dealing with these issues so find out as much as you can about such liability.

A Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy can have long lasting effects on your credit rating and this may see you paying higher interest rates on your car, home or educational loans. A poor credit rating may make it harder to apply for a job, rent an apartment or buy a car but that does not mean that there is no life after bankruptcy!

Any future credit you are granted should be promptly repaid. This is the most important aspect of repairing your credit score and will significantly improve your life after bankruptcy.

The stress of bankruptcy can cause interpersonal relationships to break down and can even lead to divorce. Take steps to guard your mental and emotional life too as you rebuild your credit profile by seeking counseling if you need to. In many ways life after bankruptcy can improve if you learn from the experience and plan more effectively for your financial future.
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