I want you to understand the difference between a bankruptcy dismissal and a bankruptcy discharge. When you've filed for bankruptcy, whether in Maryland, Pennsylvania or elsewhere, discharge is the desired outcome of your filing.A bankruptcy discharge occurs when you have done everything you're supposed to do. The court enters a discharge once:• you have confirmed a bankruptcy plan,• you have made all of the payments under a plan, or• when nobody objects to your bankruptcy in a Chapter 7 case,Once your discharge has been entered, your creditors1. can't sue you,2. can't get judgments, and3. cannot enforce their rights against your post-bankruptcy earnings. I like to call this the "pot of gold at the end of the bankruptcy rainbow."A bankruptcy dismissal is something quite different. Once you have filed a bankruptcy case, the court has jurisdiction over you and your property. When certain events occur, the court may well decide that it no longer has jurisdiction and that you don't belong in bankruptcy. If the court decides that it no longer has jurisdiction, your case is dismissed.