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Can I eliminate Child Support Obligations in a Bankruptcy?

Dec. 21, 2022

Despite being an unsecured debt, child support payments are not dischargeable in chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy. This means that if you owe child support, you will still be required to pay it even if you file for bankruptcy. However, bankruptcy may have some utility if you are dealing with child support arrearages.  In some cases, you may be able to include past-due child support in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plan and pay it off over time. This can be a helpful way of addressing child support arrearages in an orderly way through the Trustee.  It is important to speak with a St. Louis bankruptcy attorney to understand how your child support payments may be affected by bankruptcy. You can call attorney Andrew K. Smith directly at 314-866-3955.