Can my former spouse file for bankruptcy to avoid paying child support?

Can your spouse file bankruptcy to avoid paying child support? Your spouse's debts will be relieved, but not their obligations to pay child support or alimony. Click to read more.

By John Nichols, Sr.
July 12, 2006
TX FAQs/Debt, Credit, Bankruptcy

No. The federal bankruptcy code exempts child support and alimony. Even if a former spouse files for, and receives relief from all debts, the child support obligation will not be relieved.


John Nichols, Sr. practices family law in Houston. He has been listed as one of the best matrimonial lawyers in the U.S. in several journals and magazines including National Law Journal and Town & Country.

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