A Florida resident wrote a comment asking about the effect of a Florida judgment in another state with a short statute of limitations on judgment collection. Florida judgments are enforceable for 20 years. The reader stated that the other state had a 4 year statute of limitations on collection of judgments. What happens to the judgment if the debtor moves from Florida to the other state?
The Florida judgment is still effective for 20 years. The Florida judgment cannot be collected against the debtor or his property in the other state. The creditor can domesticate the judgment in the new state of residence, and the creditor would then have 4 years to enforce the judgment in the other state. The debtor’s move to another state, or the creditor’s domestication of the judgment in the other state, does not affect the Florida judgment.