From the Editor’s Desk – Priority Claims

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

Claim for reimbursement of maintenance overpayments was not domestic support obligation. In a prebankruptcy divorce, the former spouse was ordered to pay the debtor $700 per week in maintenance, a clear domestic support obligation, but the state court subsequently retroactively terminated the maintenance award, ordering the debtor to reimburse her former husband $28,581.15 in maintenance payments that had been deducted from his wages. The former husband filed a priority claim for the unpaid reimbursement and for delinquent child support. Although some courts had construed obligations to reimburse . . .

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