Could Bankruptcy Impact A Divorce Settlement Or Vice Versa?
Will The Fact That We’re Splitting Debts Hurt My Chance Of Qualifying For A Bankruptcy If I Attempt To Do So After The Divorce?
You’d have the same amount of debt after a divorce as you would have before, because if it’s just your debt or joint debt, you’ll still be listing it in your bankruptcy. The main issue in deciding which action to take, whether you get divorced first or file for bankruptcy, would be the income. Sometimes, when you have are now down to a one income household, it will allow you to file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. In fact, there is a question that addresses that in the income limitations section on the bankruptcy petition. They want to ensure you are divorcing for reasons other than avoiding what they call the “Means Test.”
You certainly don’t want to get separated solely for the purpose of filing a Chapter 7 but if you’re in the process of separating, you might want to talk to an attorney first to figure out the best timing for getting filing a bankruptcy.
When you’re filling out your bankruptcy petition, there is a box that you’ll have to check, you declare on the penalty of perjury that you and your spouse are legally separated under non-bankruptcy law and that you and your spouse are living apart for reasons that do not include evading the “Means Test” requirements.
Basically, they don’t want people getting divorced or separated just so they can file a Chapter 7 and avoid the income limitations. You will have to check that box and state under penalty of perjury that you’re doing it for reasons other than to avoid the bankruptcy “Means Test”.
Will Filing For Bankruptcy Complicate Divorce Proceedings If You’re Trying To Do Them Simultaneously?
A divorce is a civil proceeding, and it’s certainly going to complicate the division of any assets. That’s because there may be creditors with higher claims than your soon-to-be-ex spouse would have to get paid before you can get paid. Generally, a bankruptcy will stop most civil proceedings.
If you’re contemplating a divorce, you should definitely talk to a bankruptcy attorney before you file. There are just too many factors to consider. It’s hard to give a broad answer to a question like that. You’re talking about the rights of creditors and the rights of your spouse to certain rights to assets from the marriage. Then of course, your creditors have certain rights to assets in the marriage and by filing a bankruptcy while you’re in a divorce, you’re going to have competition for those assets. It could be a very complex situation depending on the amount of assets that we’re talking about.
If you are not sure whether Bankruptcy Will Have An Impact On Your Divorce Or Vice Versa, call the law office of Attorney James Logan for a free initial consultation at (410) 243-1508 and get the information and legal answers you’re seeking.