Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash If you’re considering bankruptcy, should you pay unpaid child/spousal support in the meantime? Might depend on whether you do Chapter 7 or 13. Our last three blog posts have been about what you should and should not do before filing bankruptcy. Three weeks ago we focused on keeping your assets, especially any retirement … Read More
If you’re behind on support payments, filing under Chapter 13 can legally stop your ex-spouse and support enforcement from pursuing you.
A support obligation is a very special kind of debt, and the resulting lien on your home has to be dealt with in a very special way.
You can’t legally write off child support or spousal support.
If you have a child or spousal support lien on your home because you’re behind on support payments, with Chapter 13 you can safely protect the home. If you are behind on your support payments, your ex-spouse and support enforcement agencies have tremendous tools to use against you to try to force you to catch up. And if you own a … Read More
Before deciding that you have to sell your home to pay your ex-spouse, find out your legal options. You may be pleasantly surprised.
If you fall behind on support payments, it MIGHT make sense to file bankruptcy right when you can afford to begin making them again.
Here’s some good news if you are behind on child or spousal support, and are being relentlessly chased on that debt. Or are about to be.
Bankruptcy provides limited but at the same time extraordinary help with support obligations.