Where you live determines how long a creditor can enforce a judgment against you. Each state sets its own statute of limitations for judgments, and the time frame can range from as short as three years to ten years or longer.
Once a judgment expires, it is no longer legally enforceable. This causes problems for the creditor if it has yet to successfully recover the full amount. Some states, however, allow creditors to renew their judgments, as long as they do so before the original judgment expires. When the court renews a judgment, it "refreshes" the statute of limitations on the judgment – giving the creditor additional time to collect the debt.