Phoenix, AZ asked in Bankruptcy for Arizona

Q: I was told that lawyers fees ordered by family court can no longer be written off in a bankruptcy in Arizona.

If I owe my child's father lawyers fees from family court can those be written off in a bankruptcy?

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William Foster
William Foster
  • Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Aurora, CO

A: The obligation to pay the other party's legal fees related to a divorce case may be seen as a type of family support obligation. You are freeing up the father's income by taking over his obligation. It is an indirect form of family support. The same is true for any other debts you were ordered to pay for which the father would otherwise be responsible for. I suggest you consult with a lawyer in your jurisdiction. This is a complicated area of the bankruptcy code.

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