Judgments live in 7 year installments. But with the right timing, a judgment can be enforced for 27 years.
After a judgment is entered, the person who is owed the money, called the creditor, can enforce the judgment for 7 years. However, the creditor can file a Petition to Revive, and serve it on the debtor, and get another 7 years.
The creditor must file the Petition to Revive within 20 years of the entry of the judgment. That's why the longest a judgment can be enforced is 27 years.
Example: A judgment is entered July 1, 2000. If the creditor does nothing, it expires on July 1, 2007. If the creditor files a Petition to Revive in early 2020, they could get another 7 years of enforceability, running to 2027.
Note: Child support judgments last forever.
Updated: January 2017