Massachusetts residents face financial difficulties for a variety of reasons: consumer debt, overdue taxes, loans and civil judgments. Let's not forget to include child support in that list, as these payments can quickly become overwhelming for someone in financial distress. Mixing bankruptcy and divorce can be a difficult process -- and it is even more stressful when balancing bankruptcy and child support.
Do I have to pay child support after declaring bankruptcy? In general, yes. Bankruptcy provides relief from a variety of debts, including those incurred in the purchase of a home or vehicle. You may even be able to secure a stay, also known as a hold, on actions to collect those debts. This is not possible, however, for child support debts. Bankruptcy operates entirely independently from your child support actions.