Action your creditor can take

If you've stopped repaying your debts, a creditor may try to take you to court to order you to pay back the money you owe.

The following pages explain the different ways you can be ordered to pay back the money, including how to prepare for going to court and how to stop a court order or get it changed. They also tell you how your creditor should behave towards you and what you can do if you think they're harassing you.

This content applies to England

What happens if your creditor takes you to the county court to get a county court judgment (CCJ) to make you pay the money you owe.

Information on what an order to obtain information is and what happens if a creditor obtains one to force you to reveal your financial situation.

Information on third party debt orders to take money owed to you to pay creditors, how they affect your bank account and what to do if a frozen bank account leads to hardship.

Information on attachment of earnings orders used to take money from your wages to pay back money owed to creditors.

Information about what you can do if a creditor applies for a charging order against your property.

How creditors are supposed to behave when they are trying to recover their money, what kind of behaviour is not acceptable and how to tell if you are being harassed.