Can A Noncustodial Parent Try To Avoid Child Support Payments By Declaring Bankruptcy?

They might think so, but child support payments are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. This means the parent who owes cannot escape the debt; bankruptcy also cannot stay actions to establish paternity or to modify child support obligations. The relationship between the two areas of law is complex, however, and you may wish to seek the advice of counsel for specific questions.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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