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What is the life of a judgment in Michigan?

Under MCL 600.5809(3), a judgment from a Michigan court is good for 10 years.  A judgment can, however, be renewed for an additional 10-year period.  The “new judgment” is in fact a new judgment against the defendant in the original action to renew or extend the effect of that judgment.

To renew the judgment you would file a motion with the court asserting the following allegations:

1)  The plaintiff obtain judgment against the defendant in the amount of $_____ on _____ (date).

2)  There remains a balance of $_____, including interest on the judgment.

3)  Pursuant to MCL 600.5809, this motion is being brought to renew the judgment for an additional 10 years.

You would then sign the motion and then file it with the Clerk of the Court.  In Michigan courts, a motion fee of $20 would be required.  You would also want to attach a copy of the new or renewed judgment to the motion so that the judge can execute it in a timely manner.

Also note that a payment on the judgment extends the limitation period, and a payment plan tolls it.