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There are ways to manage domestic support debt in bankruptcy

Getting a divorce can impact life in many ways. It can be emotionally stressful to end a marriage and split parenting time with the kids. However, divorce can also be financially stressful. After all, individuals have to divide their marital assets, and one spouse often has to pay child support and possibly alimony.

A breakdown of Chapter 13 repayment plans

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a versatile and flexible debt-relief tool that allows many individuals, or married couples, to achieve meaningful debt relief. While many confuse the Chapter 13 repayment plan with debt consolidation programs or similar schemes, the repayment plan allows people to reorganize their debt through a reasonable budget. Consumers are not necessarily required to repay all of their outstanding debt during the course of the plan. Many repay far less than their overall debt. Each case is unique. However, these plans require great attention to detail and sometimes complex legal guidelines. That is why working with a skilled lawyer is important.

Bankruptcy rates climb among older Americans

Overall, consumer bankruptcy filings have remained relatively steady across America. For one demographic, however, the rate of bankruptcies has more than tripled since 1991: retirees over the age of 65. More than 12 percent of filers are now age 65 and older, up from 2.1 percent just a generation ago.

Good news may be on the way for defrauded student loan borrowers

A recent court decision may mean that much-needed debt relief will finally be on the way for students defrauded by unscrupulous for-profit colleges and universities. The decision, handed down by a federal judge earlier this month, finds that the U.S. Department of Education - and its leader, Secretary Betsy DeVos - acted in an "arbitrary and capricious" manner by delaying Obama-administration rules regarding debt forgiveness and forbearance for affected students.

Consumer medical debt still driving bankruptcy filings

Medical debt - and medical debt collection - are both billion-dollar industries in America. Our healthcare system, such as it is, means that millions and millions of us have insurance coverage, yet costs of medications, treatments and physician visits still put countless of Americans in debt annually.

When medical creditors come knocking, consider bankruptcy

Millions of Americans struggle with overwhelming medical debt. It is quite common for families to start crowdfunding pages to get help with medical expenses, to take out personal loans, to max out credit cards and more just to get the bills paid. Sometimes, though, things get to be too much. If you are dealing with seemingly insurmountable medical debt, it might be time to seriously consider a bankruptcy filing.

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