Bankruptcy and divorce are closely intertwined, and filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 can have a significant impact on matters like child custody and domestic support. If you file for bankruptcy, can the courts take away your custody rights? Will you still have to pay off your child support debts? Our Pennsylvania bankruptcy lawyers explore some of the potential legal outcomes.
If I File for Bankruptcy, Do I Still Have to Pay Child Support?
In bankruptcy, debts are divided into two basic categories: dischargeable debt, which can be eliminated, and nondischargeable debt, which the debtor is stuck with. Whether you file for Chapter 13 or Chapter 7, most obligations fall into the dischargeable category, including major sources of debt like credit card bills and medical bills. However, there are still a few debts which retain nondischargeable status — and child support is one of them.