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Can you use credit cards after bankruptcy?

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2024 | Bankruptcy, Life After Bankruptcy

Emerging from bankruptcy often means rebuilding your credit. In Florida, as in most states, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy involves discharging unsecured debts, including your credit cards. This might lower your credit score temporarily. Still, it does not necessarily mean you cannot use credit cards again.

While issuers may close your existing cards after your petition, new opportunities are still available. Secured credit cards, which report to the three credit bureaus, are a good place to start your credit report rebuilding process. It is essential to note that you can only apply for new credit line after your bankruptcy’s full discharge.

Building credit after bankruptcy

Using your new credit card responsibly would be in your best interest from this time forward. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Pay your balance in full each month: You can avoid high-interest charges, and it shows that you can manage credit responsibly.
  • Keep a low credit utilization ratio: A utilization ratio, or comparison of your credit card balance to your credit limit, below 30% can be optimal to improve your credit score.
  • Do not open too many new accounts at once: Only apply for cards you know you will qualify for and only when necessary.
  • Set up automatic payments: This way, you never miss a payment due date, which can significantly damage your credit score anew.

It may take time and discipline before you can fully rebuild your credit score. The good news is that Florida is a debtor-friendly state, meaning bankruptcy laws favor the filer. This can be beneficial when rebuilding credit, as some creditors may be more willing to collaborate with you.

Careful use of resources is important

Whether you are planning or have already filed for bankruptcy, consulting an experienced lawyer is highly recommended. They can explain your options and help you navigate life during and after bankruptcy. And remember, as a crucial rule to financial recovery, a price tag is attached for everything you buy.


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