Bankruptcy Claim And Community Debts

If you are divorced and are filing for bankruptcy claim, you might be thinking whether you will be able to wipe out your obligation of paying community debts. In normal circumstances, it is quite likely that filing the court petition regarding the same will free you from all community debts that are dischargeable. However, in some cases, you may be liable to pay the same even after you have been declared as belly-up under chapter 7 bankruptcy. Therefore, it is important for you to be aware of certain kinds of debts that may or may not be discharged. Always remember, if granted, bankruptcy is going to be there in your financial card for the next 10 years at the very least. Therefore, if you plan everything beforehand, things would definitely be much easier for you.

Filing Petition When A Dissolution Action Is Pending

However, in such cases, you are recommended to discuss the matter with your family law attorney. The attorney is an expert person and they know about the intricacies involved in the laws associated with bankruptcy claim. They will get you the real picture based on your specific circumstances and lots of other factors associated with the same. There can be several implications of filing bankruptcy during the period when a dissolution action, such as a divorce case etc, is pending. Your family law attorney will help you understand those implications and take the right step based on that. What is more, it is also important for you to note that in case the court discharges you from community debts, your spouse will become liable to pay off the entire balance on those debts. In other words, if you file your petition at a time when a dissolution action is pending and community debts are considered as dischargeable debts, the liability will be shifted on to your spouse.

Debts That Can Not Be Discharged In Any Case

Insolvency under this chapter is usually considered as freedom from all kinds of debts. However, there are certain kinds of them that cannot be discharged in any case even after you have won the bankruptcy claim under chapter 7. It depends upon the judgment of the court and your specific circumstances regarding which debts are dischargeable and which ones are not. In normal circumstances, the bankruptcy court considers the following debts as non-dischargeable.

# Penalties and forfeitures,
# Criminal fines,
# Student loans,
# Non-dischargeable debts from a prior bankruptcy,
# Liability for injury or death from driving while intoxicated,
# Debts caused by the malicious or willful misconduct by the debtor,
# Liability associated with spousal and child support, and
# Taxes (except in certain cases).

However, the debtors sometimes are not able to get even the dischargeable debts removed because the creditors have filed an appeal against the same. Still, in usual circumstances, once the debtors win the bankruptcy claim, and the equity interest in the property is exempt, they can retain the property by redemption or reaffirmation.

Filing for bankruptcy claim might be easy, but it is certainly not a simple task to live with the tag of being insolvent for 10 long years. Therefore, if you are filing under chapter 7 bankruptcy, make sure that you are well aware of the ins and outs associated with the same. For example, you must know the outcomes of filing bankruptcy when a dissolution action is pounding.

By Saurabh K Jain

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