And, to keep up with your repayments, debt management plan (DMP) customized to your unique situation is the right course of action.

Here is what you must know about DMP and how it is different from Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA), which is a formal agreement to deal with your urgent debt load and may take 5-6 years.

DMP is to manage your non-priority debts that includes, but not limited to credit cards, store cards, bank and student loans, etc.

It is an informal agreement between you and the creditor for an agreed period to clear your loans through affordable monthly payments.

The duration of debt clearance depends on the amount you owe to the creditors (usually less amounts with no threat of bankruptcy).

Like IVA, depending in your debt-to-income ratio, you can agree on one affordable monthly installment that will be distributed between the creditors you owe money to.

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