From the Editor – Claims

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

Non-debtor spouse has claim for equitable distribution of marital property when parties were in prepetition divorce proceeding. On a direct appeal, the Third Circuit decided the issue of whether a non-debtor spouse has an allowable claim for equitable distribution of marital property in a divorce proceeding that was pending at the time the other spouse filed Chapter 7. Stating that the issue had divided courts in the Circuit, the court looked to the definition of a “claim” under § 101(5)(A), with the spouse’s interest, “at . . .

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