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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Collecting on a Money Judgment

The feeling of victory at the end of a lawsuit is wonderful, but having the cash in your hands can be an even better feeling. The problem is that just because the court orders someone to pay you money doesn’t mean that you’ll immediately get that money. The person who owes the money, the “judgment debtor,” can ask the court for time to pay the judgment, or for permission to pay it off in stages. These are reasonable requests, and they’re often granted, despite whatever protests the winner, or “judgment creditor,” makes.
A second, related problem is that some judgment debtors simply ignore the judgment and don’t make any payments on it at all. Courts do not look kindly on judgment debtors who don’t pay at all. ...

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