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san antonio bankruptcy lawyerWhen a person or family is struggling to pay the debts they owe, bankruptcy can be a good option for eliminating debts or repaying some debts while avoiding issues such as foreclosure. Different types of debts may need to be addressed during the bankruptcy process, and a person will need to understand how their obligations to pay child support or spousal support will be affected. Determining the role that bankruptcy will play as they make ongoing support payments or address unpaid payments can ensure that a person will be able to maintain financial stability going forward.

Bankruptcy and Domestic Support Obligations

Bankruptcy will allow some debts to be discharged, meaning that the debtor will no longer be required to pay what is owed. However, domestic support obligations, including child support and spousal support, cannot be discharged through bankruptcy. A person will be required to meet any support obligations ordered by a family court, and any past-due payments will need to be made up, along with any interest that may apply.

For those who pass the means test, Chapter 7 bankruptcy can provide the best form of relief for certain types of debts. Credit card debts, medical bills, and other unsecured debts may be discharged once the bankruptcy process is completed. In some cases, certain assets may need to be turned over and liquidated, but a no-asset bankruptcy may be possible, and many assets will be exempt from liquidation. While Chapter 7 bankruptcy will not eliminate a person’s family support obligations, the elimination of other types of debts can help ensure that they will be able to make ongoing support payments. 

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texas bankruptcy lawyerOne of the biggest concerns that people have when they file for bankruptcy is how it will affect their financial situation. Many people who are married have shared finances with their spouse, making bankruptcy that much more difficult. Many people falsely believe that when they are married, they must file for bankruptcy along with their divorce. However, even if you are married and have joint finances with your spouse, you can still file for bankruptcy individually. It is important to note, though, that filing for bankruptcy without your spouse can have an adverse effect on his or her credit, depending on the situation.

What Happens to Our Property?

In Texas, any property that either spouse acquires during the course of the marriage is considered to be joint property. However, for the purposes of bankruptcy, joint property is only considered to be that which has both you and your spouse’s name on it. For example, if a person files bankruptcy separately from their spouse in Texas, all of the property that they own -- even jointly -- is part of the bankruptcy estate. This means a spouse’s vehicle can also be included in the bankruptcy estate, even if they have financed the vehicle alone.

How Does Bankruptcy Affect My Spouse?

There are specific ways bankruptcy can affect your spouse in a community property state. Since all of the property that a couple owns is included in the bankruptcy estate of a married couple in Texas, this means that the protection of the extended stay is also extended to the spouse of a person filing for bankruptcy. This means that the bankruptcy trustee cannot take property that has been excluded as collateral to pay off some of the person’s debt. This also means that any debts that are held jointly by the couple will be discharged upon completion of the bankruptcy, essentially discharging the spouse’s liability from the debt as well.

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Texas bankruptcy attorney, debt relief, Texas chapter 7 lawyer,Despite the ominous headlines about the national debt, the percentage of American households that have debt has actually decreased in the last decade, according to the National Census. Still, millions of Americans file for bankruptcy each year due to medical bills, lost employment, and other factors.

If you are facing insurmountable debt, then bankruptcy may be a viable option. There are also alternatives to bankruptcy that can help you manage payments and inch toward financial security. This article will discuss one such method, known as the “one-two payment plan.”

Break Down and Prioritize Your Debt

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savings to pay off debt, San Antonio debt relief lawyerMaking ends meet when facing steep amounts of debt can be a struggle—especially if you have a family. The truth, however, is that most Americans are in some kind of debt, which often involves expensive mortgages, high-interest credit cards, or student loans.

Many Americans want to end the burden of debt as soon as possible, which is why some of them dip into their savings accounts to pay off lenders. This article will discuss whether or not this is a smart idea.

Weighing the Options

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file for bankruptcy in Texas, San Antonio bankruptcy attorneySan Antonio bankruptcy filings are at their lowest rate since 2006, but the decrease may be short lived.

New case filings in the San Antonio Division of the Western District of Texas, which covers Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Frio, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, Real and Wilson Counties, fell 10 percent last year. Volume has declined every year since the Great Recession’s end in 2009. Observers cited a stronger economy fueled by high energy prices as the primary reason for this most recent decline. But, given that oil prices have fallen sharply to their lowest level in years, the area’s economic prosperity may be short lived.

The last oil bust, in the 1980s, triggered a ripple effect that plunged the state into recession.

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