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    Default Civil Contempt for Missing Payments on a Judgement

    Hi I have a judgement entered against me for 5000 dollars due to a credit card debt. I made a payment plan during court procedings. I have made payments when I could but missed payments due to hardship. I am currently unemployed and recieved a letter to appear to court for this matter. What should I expect to happen is it likely that I am going to be sent to jail for not being able to make payments. This is in Massachusetts.

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    Default Re: Civil Contempt for Missing Payments on a Judgement

    What type of court hearing has been scheduled?

    You don't go to jail simply for owing money.

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    Default Re: Civil Contempt for Missing Payments on a Judgement

    I had sent him a PM because for some reason I had trouble logging in.

    In Massachusetts after a judgment is entered, they have a payment hearing called a supplementary process hearing. It is a seperate case number from the lawsuit where a judgment was entered, usually something like 0210SP1234....If you fail to show, a Capias is issued and then you will get a letter from the Sheriff, it will order you to show in court or a civil arrest will be issued. They also continue the SP hearing if you stop making payments.

    I have heard that the laws have changed in MA and they cannot hold you in jail and cannot arrest you after 5:30 but have not looked into it.

    Not sure how other states operate but that's how it's done in MA, and I have seen a lot of Capias issued againg debtors for failing to show, I would say 20 out of 30 fail to show up in court.

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