I wrote earlier that stress is a real and serious threat to physical health that needs to be factored in to the discussion about bankruptcy and the alternatives. Recent studies suggest that stress may also lead to obesity.
Individuals in debt tend to see their debts as a financial problem, when those debts are also a threat to physical, psychological, and social well being. An entire part of the debt puzzle is lost if you don’t factor in the consequences of unremitting stress on the body and the family.
For that reason alone, I don’t find that debt settlement programs are a real solution for most consumers. Even if the program is structured so that it actually works ( and most are not), the continuation of a substantial financial commitment to old debt is debilitating.
So, better health joins the need to save for retirement in my pantheon of reasons why bankruptcy so often is the better choice.