Can Child Support Arrears Be Discharged in Bankruptcy?
No matter what financial hardships you have endured, you cannot escape a court-ordered child support obligation. Child support and spousal support (alimony) are non-dischargeable debts ... but bankruptcy may still offer a way out of your financial crisis and avoid related legal trouble.
I am an experienced bankruptcy lawyer in Southaven, representing debtors in surrounding counties of Mississippi and Tennessee. I can help you explore bankruptcy and other debt relief solutions, even if a big portion of your debt is child support arrears.
If you have debt problems related to unpaid child support or alimony, call my suburban Memphis office at 662-298-4597 or 888-549-3902 to schedule your free initial consultation, or e-mail me today.
Southaven Child Support and Bankruptcy Attorney
Financial support of your children is considered sacred, so unpaid child support is never forgiven in bankruptcy. However, there are many reasons to file for bankruptcy if your financial straits are due in part to your inability to keep up with child support or spousal support payments:
- Child support arrears are not discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but child support obligations can help you qualify for Chapter 7 to protect your assets and eliminate other debts.
- Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to catch up on delinquent child support over several years, without penalties or contempt of court sanctions.
- Bankruptcy can give you financial breathing room to be able to support your children and regain your dignity as a co-parent.
- Bankruptcy protection can avoid losing your driver's license or passport for contempt of court.
I understand that job loss, health problems, divorce, a downturn in business and any number of problems can put a parent deep in debt. I will sit down with you to discuss your options and the best solution — bankruptcy or otherwise — to climb out of debt and meet your family obligations.
Explore Your Non-Dischargeable Debt Solutions
Is unpaid child support hanging over you like a cloud? Bankruptcy may or may not be the answer, but your best move is to talk to an attorney today to discuss your options. Talk to a Southaven and Olive Branch non-dischargeable debt attorney. Contact my Southaven office to schedule your free initial consultation.
We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.