Chandler, AZ asked in Bankruptcy, Civil Rights, Domestic Violence and Small Claims for Arizona

Q: My ex boyfriend sued me for gifs after I got an order of protection against him.

I was served while walking in to court for one of the orders of protection since he was appealing it. I didn’t respond because I was confused and I was waiting for a court date. Now I’m in default and they want to garnish my wages. I’m a single mom with only my income. I need help what can I do?

2 Lawyer Answers
Diane L. Drain
Diane L. Drain
  • Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Thank you very much for contacting my office. I realize this is a challenging time for you and that you have lots of questions. It is okay to be anxious and overwhelmed; the trick is not to fight it. Instead, you are on the right track by educating yourself about options to help deal with your financial situation. I am both a lawyer and a retired law professor; as such am committed to education as a foundation for anyone considering bankruptcy. I realize that you have some specific questions, but in order for me to answer those questions, I will need some information about your current financial situation. Proper planning is often like a Rubik’s cube where many competing issues must be solved simultaneously. Issues such as asset protection (protecting your basic necessities), creditor protection (not running up credit cards before filing), estate planning (inheritance), tax consequences (forgiveness of debt), real estate (pending foreclosure) and your future (survival after bankruptcy), while keeping my fees to a minimum (I customize fees to fit your unique situation). My goal is to help you understand your options based on your unique situation.

In order to help you understand some basics about bankruptcy please watch the 9 short videos prepared by the United States Bankruptcy Court. These videos explain some basic issues related to the bankruptcy process. After watching the videos please fill out the general questionnaire form and press “submit”; it will be sent to Jay (this will probably take 30 or so minutes, but it is very important in order for me to help you). If you have questions about the questionnaire please contact Jay at the number below or This questionnaire form will give me a good picture of your unique circumstances. Once we receive the completed questionnaire you and I will have a free telephonic discussion; at which time I can answer your questions and give you a fee for the bankruptcy you may need. This telephone discussion can be scheduled almost any time depending on your schedule (during the workday, early evening or sometimes on the weekend).

To find the page with these links please go to our web site: Click on the brown button “Free Bankruptcy Consultation”. Please bookmark that page for future reference.


In addition to the Bankruptcy Court videos mentioned above the following are some short YouTube videos that might be of some interest. Please note these are not the Court videos that we require you watch. They are some videos intended to introduce you to Diane, plus some basic processes.

• Meet Diane L. Drain. Some Suggestions on How to Hire an Attorney

• Why Do I Offer Free Legal Advice:

• Arizona Exempt Property:

• Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process:

• Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process:

Again, thanks for contacting my office. I am always flattered when someone has the confidence to ask me to assist them with their legal concerns and questions.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY

A: Make a motion to reconsider and explain the default. If all else fails, consult an experience bankruptcy attorney.

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