Can the interest on child support be dismissed in Chapter 7? 12 Answers as of April 28, 2016

The principal is all paid, but the buildup interest is still owed. Can it be discharged?

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Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
Unfortunately, no. I filed a petition to the United States Supreme Court challenging the interest charges. My petition was not selected for review.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/28/2016
Ronald K. Nims LLC | Ronald K. Nims
No, child support - including the interest - cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 4/27/2016
Law Office of Louis S. Haskell
Law Office of Louis S. Haskell | Louis Haskell
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 4/27/2016
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
Generally speaking you cannot use a bankruptcy to discharge any part of a claim for child support, including interest. However it is sometimes possible to negotiate an arrangement with the child support people where they will compromise on the interest, or give you a longer time to pay it, or you can reach some other kind of arrangement. It's worth a try.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 4/26/2016
Law Offices of Helene Ellenbogen, P.S.H | Helene Ellenbogen
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 4/26/2016
    Peggy M. Raddatz
    Peggy M. Raddatz | Peggy M. Raddatz
    No it cannot be dismissed in bankruptcy. The interest if considered child support .
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 4/26/2016
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