Joint or Single Filing

Joint or Single Filing

I am married.  Can I file without my husband? In a community property estate like Arizona, all assets and debts incurred during the course of the marriage “partnership” are considered community property. The exceptions are property received and...
Bankruptcy and Divorce

Bankruptcy and Divorce

Is it better to file for bankruptcy before or after divorce? If a couple is considering divorce, it is generally better to file for bankruptcy before getting a divorce. In this way, all debts incurred during the course of the marriage are discharged as community...
Bankruptcy and Back Child Support

Bankruptcy and Back Child Support

I am behind on my child support.  Can filing bankruptcy help me? It depends on whether a Debtor files a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. There are subtle differences. Generally, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 made...
Bankruptcy and Taxes

Bankruptcy and Taxes

I owe taxes.  Can filing bankruptcy help me? Generally, tax debts are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. However, in law, there are always exceptions to the rule. If a tax debt is more than ten years old and the Internal Revenue Services has made no attempt to collect...
Bankruptcy and Tax Refunds

Bankruptcy and Tax Refunds

If I file for bankruptcy, will I loose my tax refund? It depends on the time of the year that the bankruptcy is filed. After a bankruptcy petition is filed, the tax refund is considered property of the bankruptcy estate. This means the trustee has the right to that...