From the Editor – Claims

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

Permissive abstention for determination of whether lump-sum payments were domestic support obligation. The Chapter 13 debtor filed an adversary proceeding to determine that his obligation to make lump-sum payment to his ex-wife was not a domestic support obligation and was subject to discharge after plan completion; however, the state court had already conducted a day-long hearing on the ex-wife’s motion for contempt for failure to pay $100,000 installment due under the marital dissolution agreement. Noting that the state court had concurrent jurisdiction . . .

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