A judgment occurs when a creditor takes you to court, sues you, and wins his case against you. The creditor must do this before the statute of limitations has expired for the original debt. Typically, the court will try and contact you via mail, but they do not need proof that you were contacted, and you do not have to be present for your creditor to win. The creditor only has to provide proof that the debt is owed. You want to avoid this at all costs; for it is after a judgment is issued that a creditor can seize bank accounts, assets, or garnish wages. In addition, it is easy to renew a judgment once its statute of limitations has passed. In effect, if the creditor is diligent about his renewals, you could find yourself in the position where a judgment against you never expires. A judgment will drop off your credit report after seven years, but your creditor can hound you until the debt is paid.
If the account contains any incorrect, incomplete, misleading, erroneus, or misleading information, the repossession may be deleted from your credit report. But you do not need to hire a lawyer and pay thousands of dollars. You can hire a credit repair service which will be a lot more cost effective.
I hate to sound like a lawyer, but it depends. If you have separate credit reporting accounts, it may affect the wife's credit slightly. If there is only a joint credit account, yes, it will affect the wife's credit the same as the husband's. You can ask the 3 major credit reporting agencies (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax) to separate out your credit histories. If the foreclosure has already started, it may be too late. Get a free credit report from each (once each year) at www.annualcreditreport.com.
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