Although domestic support obligations and property settlements are non-dischargeable in Chapter 7, property settlement debts are dischargeable in Chapter 13. Settlement agreement language can help determine how a judgment or property settlement will be viewed by a bankruptcy court.
Settlement agreements should include a provision contemplating potential bankruptcy by either party. Support provisions and integration clauses creating reciprocal consideration for property settlement provisions can alleviate dischargeability issues.
Property settlement agreement language should clarify to a bankruptcy court the parties’ intentions and provide the court with a basis for interpreting the settlement for debt dischargeability purposes.
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