How do I request a payment plan to pay what I owe through the court?
Updated: Apr 29
Paying the other side the court judgment amount in smaller installment payments is called a payment plan. You can request a payment plan at the court hearing or after the judgment has been made. Requesting a payment plan at the hearing may increase your chances that the payment plan will be approved.
To request a payment plan after a court's judgment has been made, you will need to provide supporting financial evidence as to why your payment plan request should be granted. The other party also has a chance to oppose your payment plan. A court granted payment plan my stop interest from accruing on your court judgment.
Steps to ask the court to pay in payments after the judgment (California):
The court clerk will let the other party know that you made a request to make payments
The other party has 10 days to respond to your request: 1) accepts the payment plan request; 2) accepts the payment plan request but with a different amount; 3) does not accept the payment plan request.
If they do not respond within 10 days, the court may decide that they accept your payment plan request.
If the other side rejects your payment plan request or wants to make changes, the court may hold an additional hearing to discuss your request and make a decision.
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