Category Archives: Marriage and Bankruptcy

What Happens If I Get Married While In a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, when you add a new person to your household, you are also adding new income, potentially, and new expenses. This can have an impact upon the “net income” available to make a Chapter 13 plan payment, for better or worse.

Click here to read more about the effect of marriage during a Chapter 13 bankruptcy on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident considering filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, please contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

What is a Contingent Claim and Can I Exempt One in Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

All assets must be disclosed in your bankruptcy petition—even assets you may not receive or which may not have value until some other event occurs in the future. Such assets are “contingent,” but they are still assets.

Click here to read more about contingent claims in bankruptcy on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident considering filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to contact me at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Can I Discharge Attorney Fees in Bankruptcy?

Debts owed to attorneys for services rendered prior to a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is usually just as dischargeable as any other unsecured debt.

However, there are situations in which this is not so cut-and-dry.

Click here to read more about whether you can discharge attorney fees in bankruptcy on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan bankruptcy attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident considering filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to contact me at (866) 674-2317 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Will My Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Affect my Family?

One of the most common questions people have prior to filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is with regard to whether the filing will affect their family-members and loved ones.

To read more about bankruptcy and its effect upon family-members, click here to read our full article on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a Michigan resident and are considering filing for bankruptcy, please contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Do I Have to Report my Same-Sex Partner’s Income in my Bankruptcy Petition in Michigan?

In Michigan, there is no legal same-sex marriage. However, that does not mean that a same-sex or domestic partner’s income will not need to be accounted for in a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing of the other partner.

If you would like to read more about this topic, please click here to read our full article on same-sex partners or domestic partners in bankruptcy on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident and are considering filing for bankruptcy, please contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Can I Discharge Marital Debt in Bankruptcy?

It is well-known that marital support debts such as child-support or alimony are non-dischargeable in bankruptcy, but it is less well-known that, under certain circumstances, marital debt may be as well. That is, debt that is divided by a court-ordered divorce decree between divorces and spouses.

To read more about marital debt in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, click here to read our full article on this topic on the new Michigan bankruptcy blog of The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident and are considering filing for bankruptcy, please contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Am I Responsible for My New Spouse’s Debts?

This question is a very common one, and it is, unfortunately, often the basis for uncomfortable discussions between those wishing to marry.

To read more about whether you are liable for a spouse’s debt or a prospective spouse’s debt, click here to read our full article on this subject on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident and are considering filing for bankruptcy, please contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.