Individuals considering bankruptcy (as well as creditors) should know what obligations bankruptcy does not affect. For instance, obligations defined as “domestic support obligations” are not dischargeable. Such obligations include child support, alimony, and any other debt that is in the nature of support, including legal fees in some instances. But, in a Chapter 13 case (as opposed to a Chapter 7 case), equitable distribution obligations owed to a former spouse pursuant to a divorce decree can be dischargeable.
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HINT: A spouse to whom money is owed by way of divorce should consult with an attorney to protect their rights if the other spouse files.