Bankruptcy Discharge

What is a bankruptcy discharge and how does it operate?

One of the reasons people file bankruptcy is to get a "discharge". A "discharge" is a court order which states that you do not have to pay most of your debts. Some debts cannot be discharged. For example, you cannot discharge debts for:

  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Most Student Loans
  • Court fines and criminal restitution
  • Personal injury caused by driving drunk or under the influence of drugs; and
  • Some taxes (depending on the kind of tax and how old the taxes are)
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