Many people who have gone through a divorce find themselves left with unmanageable debt. Bills that you once easily paid can be impossible for you to afford with only one income. An added stress is that you may also be required to pay alimony or child support. ‘Support’ payments can take a large amount of your monthly income. Unfortunately, these debts are not typically eliminated through any type of bankruptcy. However, if you are struggling to keep up with your other bills, bankruptcy may be the best option to help you get a handle on your other finances.
According to Section 523(a) of the Bankruptcy Code the following debts are non-dischargeable through bankruptcy:
• Certain types of taxes and particularly taxes where the debtor filed a fraudulent return.
• Debts which the debtor did not list in his/her bankruptcy papers
• Debts for a domestic support obligation arising from a divorce or other family law situation
• Property settlements arising from a divorce or other family law situation
• Most fines and penalties payable to a government unit
• Student loan debt
• Personal injury claims arising from the use of drugs or alcohol
• Criminal restitution
• Condominium or homeowner association assessments due after the debtor files for bankruptcy
Oftentimes debt that is shared between spouses will still be shared debt after a divorce. As a result, if one spouse files for bankruptcy, the creditors will expect the other spouse to fulfill the debt that was once shared. This can send the other spouse into bankruptcy as well. For this reason, couples are urged to file for bankruptcy before filing for divorce, in order to divide assets properly.
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