My ex-husband filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy and included back child support as part of the bankruptcy. Payments stopped in january of 2018. I need to know how to override this decision and continue receiving child support payments? I live in the state of illinois and child support was included in the divorce decree.

Jeffrey Lippman ∙ September 20, 2019


Bankruptcy is largely Federal and while there are certain State exemption variations, Child Support is not dischargeable. It is highly unlikely the Child Support is not to be paid. This is likely a Chapter 13 and back Child Support will be paid over the life of the confirmed plan and normal Child Support will also resume. To change Child Support, he almos certainly needs to seek a Modification in the Domestic Court. To discuss this more fully, please schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider law firm.


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