If you fail to pay credit debt, the creditor may eventually take you to court and obtain a judgment against you for the amount of the debt, often plus attorney fees and/or interest. The judgment entitles the creditor to garnish your wages, a process that results in some portion of your wages going directly from your employer to your creditor until the judgment is satisfied. This also severely impacts your credit score.
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Nolo: Collect Your Court Judgment with a Wage Garnishment; Experian: Credit Score Basics at Experian; U.S. Department of Labor: Employment Law Guide.