Your financial status can impact every decision you make in other areas of your life. When you know that you owe creditors money, you probably want to do all that you can to pay those debts off. This could mean that you are unable to enjoy your life in the way you want, which can lead to unhappiness.
While wanting to get out of debt is understandable, you have to make sure that you are still able to live a balanced life. You have options available to help you handle this monetary challenge. One option is to file for bankruptcy so that you can regain control of your finances.
One point to remember when you choose to file for bankruptcy is that you may have to make payments to the trustee. People who file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy will be able to hang on to more assets than those who file for Chapter 7. This is because assets are handed over the bankruptcy court and liquidated to pay creditors in a Chapter 7 filing. When filing under Chapter 13, the debtor promises to make regular payment to the trustee to pay off creditors.
One thing to remember when you file is that you need to keep a copy of the petition and all paperwork. There is a chance that creditors who were covered in the bankruptcy might claim you owe them money. By providing your bankruptcy paperwork, you can prove that you don't. Plus, some lenders in the future might want to see the paperwork. Having it somewhere handy can be beneficial.