Bankruptcy, Divorce and The Former Spouse: A Marriage of Inconvenience[1] – Part 1 of 2

By The Honorable Robert D. Berger

During the last fiscal year (the 12-month period ending September 30, 2014), there were 963,739 bankruptcies filed in the United States. 2 Since many bankruptcy cases are joint filings by a husband and wife, well over 1 million individuals filed bankruptcy during that period. Bankruptcy frequently intersects with other areas of the law, and one of the most prominent areas is family law. Of course, family law frequently includes divorce proceedings. In this article, we focus on debts for a domestic support obligation (“DSO”)—i.e . . .

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