No Discharging Child or Spousal Support

Wasson and ThornhillChild & Spousal Support

Bankruptcy does not discharge child or spousal support. The rare exception: if the support debt is not a “domestic support obligation.”   We’re in a series of blog posts about special kinds of debt which bankruptcy may not discharge—write off.  So far we’ve covered criminal fines and restitution, and income taxes. Child and spousal support are more like criminal debts … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Use Chapter 13 to Stop Collection of Support Arrearage

Wasson and ThornhillChild & Spousal Support

Neither Chapter 7 nor Chapter 13 stops ongoing child/spousal support payments. But Chapter 13 CAN stop collection of support arrearage.    Most Debts Filing bankruptcy stops—or “stays”—the collection of most debts. (See Section 362(a) of the U.S.  Bankruptcy Code about the “Automatic Stay.”) Then at the end of the bankruptcy case most debts are discharged—legally written off. (Sections 727 and 1328 of the Bankruptcy Code.) At that point … Read More

Dealing with Simple and Difficult Debts in Chapter 7 and 13

Wasson and ThornhillBankruptcy Options

Overall, Chapter 7 deals with simple debts as well or better than Chapter 13 does, which deals with more difficult debts better.   Debts in Bankruptcy When deciding between Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” and Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” you look at many factors. You have to meet certain qualifications (usually easy to meet) to file either one. The amount … Read More