From the Editor – Claims

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

Recordation of divorce judgment created secured claim. In Chapter 13 case, the debtor objected to former spouse’s secured claim, with pre-bankruptcy divorce judgment awarding former marital home to the husband but ordering equalization payments to the wife. No security was mentioned in the judgment, but its recordation created a lien under Wisconsin law. Although the lien was subject to prior liens, the former spouse had partially secured claim. In re Thompson, _________B.R._________, 2020 WL 632664 (Bankr. E.D. Wisc. Feb. 7, 2020).

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