Dealing with bankruptcy is not easy, but it can provide much needed relief. If you are considering declaring bankruptcy, or you have already done so, you may wonder what this means for your financial future. The good news is that it is entirely possible to rebuild after bankruptcy. With care and planning, you can effectively reestablish your credit and take steps to repair the damage done to your credit history.

Bankruptcy clearly can impact many aspects of your life. Not only is it emotionally and logistically stressful, but it can shape your future credit and even affect potential employment opportunities. It helps to remember that you are not alone. The financial climate of the last decade has affected countless Americans who have faced similar situations. While many are currently living the hardship of bankruptcy, many more have been able to emerge free of debt and ready to rebuild after a bankruptcy. 

The truth is that a bankruptcy can be shown on your credit report for 7 to 10 years, but this does not mean total credit annihilation. You can reconstruct both your credit and your life and never look back. Successfully moving forward after bankruptcy requires careful reflection. Take some time to consider the circumstances that contributed to your situation, and then create a strategy to avoid the same patterns in the future. Medical issues, divorces, and other personal and family crises frequently factor in to the financial troubles that lead to bankruptcy, but sometimes you can discover behaviors of your own that have caused damage to your finances in the past. With careful evaluation, you can identify any harmful financial patterns that have hurt you financially and work to eradicate them from your future. This awareness, along with responsible budgeting, planning and dedication, can help you to ensure a solid and secure financial future after bankruptcy.