What happens if you can't pay
If you can’t pay what the court says you owe or can’t pay all the money right away, a few things will happen. The money you owe may increase. It can go on your credit report. But, you have some options.
If you don't pay, what you owe can increase
- As long as the money is unpaid, it gathers interest at 5% or 10% per year (for example, if 10% interest, $1,000 owed becomes $1,100 after a year, $2,000 at 10 years). The sooner it is paid, the less interest you will have to pay.
- Any money the other side spends trying to collect the money can be added to what you owe.