Bankruptcy remains on your credit report for 7-10 years, depending upon which chapter of bankruptcy you file under.
What is a bankruptcy?
Bankruptcy is a legal process overseen by federal bankruptcy courts. It's designed to help individuals and businesses eliminate all or part of their debt or to help them repay a portion of what they owe.
Bankruptcy may help you get relief from your debt, but it's important to understand that declaring bankruptcy has a serious, long-term effect on your credit. Bankruptcy will remain on your credit report for 7-10 years, affecting your ability to open credit card accounts and get approved for loans with favorable rates.
How does bankruptcy affect your credit?
Bankruptcy information on your credit report may make it very difficult to get additional credit after the bankruptcy is discharged — at least until the information cycles off your credit report. Lenders will be cautious about giving you additional credit, and they may ask you to accept a higher interest rate or less favorable terms in order to extend you credit.
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