From the Editor – Claims

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

Attorney fees by divorce court and priority claim. $13,000 attorney fee awarded by state divorce court, which was related to debtor’s efforts to obtain modification of the divorce decree, was not a domestic support obligation, notwithstanding fee order stating that it was deemed to be support in nature and nondischargeable in bankruptcy; the state court did not make a determination that the fee was actually in the nature of support based upon the relative financial circumstances of the parties, and the bankruptcy court could not find the . . .

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