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The panel will discuss the interaction of family law and bankruptcy including important issues concerning the planning and timing of the bankruptcy filing, strategies during a divorce and preferred language in divorce decrees. The panel will outline the general rules of dischargeability under 11 U.S.C. §§ 523(a)(5) & (a)(15), the best choice of bankruptcy chapters and latest caselaw on determining whether a divorce obligation is a “domestic support obligation.” The panel will include strategies on litigating these issues and will include examples of complaints and discovery. Further, the panel will explain how to identify the different types of obligations and how they can be addressed in a chapter 13 plan.
Why you should attend:
You have to know whether a client’s obligation is going to be dischargeable in the bankruptcy, whether it is a priority debt, and if a priority debt, whether it has to be paid during the bankruptcy. It is crucial that you know how to litigate these issues and the cost in time and expense for your client and your firm.