Can I file bankruptcy on custody battle attorney fees? 19 Answers as of January 10, 2014I have 13 grand debt due to a nasty custody battle. My lawyer told me the judge would most likely get him to pay my fees. Since he wasted our time twice in court and he's a sex offender and couldn't have our child anyway, I won sole custody but got stuck with my lawyer fees. He told me he would get stuck paying them. I never paid on it the whole year we went through this battle. Now they want it all now. Can I file bankruptcy on my custody battle lawyer fees?
R. Steven Chambers PLLC | R. Steven Chambers PLLC
I love your attitude! You hired a lawyer, didn't pay him at all, got exactly the result you wanted and now that it's over you're taking the position that you could have done it all without him because your ex is a sex offender and never would have gotten custody in the first place. And so you want to stiff your attorney for all his hard work on your behalf. Grow up.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Eranthe Law Firm | Cate Eranthe
It sounds like they are dischargeable. You may need to file a chapter 13 if it was part of a divorce case and you will have a problem if they are considered as support. It would be best if you see a knowledgeable local bankruptcy attorney and have your specific facts evaluated.
Answer Applies to: California
Law Office of Shawn N. Wright | Shawn N. Wright
You normally are able to discharge (wipe out) your own lawyer fees that are owed. As a general rule, you can discharge all debts, except for a short list of things, such as student loans, most income tax debts, court restitution, etc. Attorney fees like this however is not on that list, so yes, you would be able to file bankruptcy on the debt you describe.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Moffa & Bonacquisti, P.A. | John A. Moffa
You don't get to pick and choose what debts are listed. You must list everyone who is owed money, including parents, friends, auto companies and mortgage companies. What debts are discharged in your bankruptcy case are questions for your lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Florida