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Benefits of Bankruptcy

New Fannie Mae “Deed for Lease” Program May Be an Alternative to Foreclosure But It May Not Be the Best Choice for Many Homeowners

Posted on Saturday (November 7, 2009) at 12:15 am to Benefits of Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Foreclosure Defense
Mortgages & Sub-Prime Mortgage Meltdown

Fannie Mae Deed for Lease program is an alternative to foreclosure and bankruptcyWritten by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
If you have a Fannie Mae mortgage, are delinquent with your mortgage payments, and are headed towards losing your house in foreclosure, you may be able to get a temporary break.  A new program entitled, “Deed for Lease” permits homeowners to transfer the deed to their house to Fannie Mae and sign a one-year lease.  The program was just announced two days ago.
Why would Fannie Mae do this?    The foreclosure process is usually lengthy and time-consuming.  This program will permit families to stay in their homes (albeit for a limited period of time) and avoid the uncertainty of foreclosure.
However, the program is not for everyone.  There is a detailed application process and you must be approved.  Also, the program only applies to Fannie Mae mortgages.
Is the “Deed for Lease” program better than filing bankruptcy or engaging in foreclosure defense?      Only an experienced bankruptcy attorney can really help answer that question.  There are pros and cons with all options.  The “Deed for Lease” program means losing your home — for good.  On the other hand, filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy enables the homeowner to cure the mortgage arrears over time and keep the home.
The program also guarantees a minimum one-year rental period, which also calls for a monthly rental payment.  However, defending a foreclosure proceeding (assuming that there is a reasonable foreclosure defense) can often provide the homeowner with an even longer period to stay in the home, during which time the homeowner does not make any rent, mortgage or real estate tax payments.  In the program, you would have to pay “market rate” for rent, which could be fairly pricey.  For a typical Long Island home, that could easily be $2,000 per month or more.
Finally, even if the program sounds good for you, there is no guarantee that you will be accepted into it, and the approval process can take some time — and all the while the mortgagee can continue a foreclosure proceeding.
Of course, if the bank takes back a deed in exchange for a lease, the homeowner is off the hook for any mortgage deficiency.  However, keep in mind that a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in New York would discharge such a deficiency.
If you’ve already filed for bankruptcy, you are not eligible for the program.
How do I know if I have a Fannie Mae mortgage?      Fannie Mae has a website that enables you to look up your property to see:  http://loanlookup.fanniemae.com/loanlookup/.
What are the details of the “Deed for Lease” program?
  • The mortgage servicer has to decide that the homeowner qualifies for a “deed in lieu of foreclosure.” Basically, borrowers who are in default on their loan voluntarily give the deed back to the lender, negating the need for a drawn-out foreclosure process. Traditionally this has been considered less damaging to the borrower than foreclosure, although both actions have severe effects on a borrower’s credit standing–and both result in loss of their home.
  • Borrowers-turned-tenants must be able to afford market rent on the home. That rent can’t exceed 31 percent of their monthly gross income, which must be documented.
  • Borrowers cannot have 12 or more past-due payments on their mortgage. And they must have made at least three payments since the loan was first taken out–or since the last time it was modified. Borrowers can’t be in the process of declaring bankruptcy.
  • Rentals are for 12 months, with the possibility of an extension.
  • The home remains available for sale, subject to the terms of their lease. Renters remain responsible for maintaining the property.
  • Only primary residences qualify. Landlords may qualify if their tenant has been using the home as a primary residence.
  • Mortgages backed by the FHA, VA or other government agencies don’t qualify.
  • Borrowers who think they might qualify for the new rent-back program should talk with their mortgage servicers, who, in conjunction with Fannie Mae, will figure out if they qualify for a rent-back offer.
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    Cell Phones and Bankruptcy

    Posted on Monday (October 26, 2009) at 4:00 pm to Bankruptcy Tips Consumers Should Know
    Benefits of Bankruptcy
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
    Life After Bankruptcy

    A cell phone contract can be terminated in a bankruptcy filing and the early termination penalty can be dischargedWritten by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
    Filing bankruptcy can release you from a burdonsome cell phone contract and let you discharge the early termination penalty
    These days, almost everyone has a cell phone.  Should a typical consumer debtor filing bankruptcy on Long Island list their cell phone provider as a creditor for bankruptcy purposes?
    Consumers Who Have Old Accounts with Deficiencies.   If you have an old bill on a closed account with a balance due, then there is no question.  This is a debt that you must include.   The entire obligation will be eliminated by the bankruptcy filing.
    Consumers Who Have Active Accounts with Balances Due.   Consumers filing for personal bankruptcy are required to list all outstanding debts in the bankruptcy petition.  Thus, if you owe your cell phone provider a balance, even if you plan to keep the account, you must list them.  Doing so will enable you to discharge the balance owed.  Some cell phone companies may ask you to post a security deposit after the bankruptcy filing, but I observe that most providers are not asking for this.
    What Happens to the Service Contract in Bankruptcy?   Chances are you are still in a service contract which requires that you pay a penalty if you cancel it before the end of the contractual period, which is typically two years.  Most consumers can benefit by canceling their cell phone contracts.  This would enable the consumer to not only eliminate their balance but remove their obligation to pay any early cancellation penalty. 
    Here’s why:  Filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy has the effect of terminating any “executory contract” which is one in which the parties are still performing it.  Cell phone contracts are executory contracts during the typical two-year contract period.  By including the cell phone provider as a creditor in the bankruptcy petition, the contract is automatically terminated, and any early cancellation penalty becomes a dischargeable debt just like the credit card debts.
    Consumers Who Have Accounts that Are Totally Up-to-Date.   Consumers should list the cell phone provider as a potential creditor in the bankruptcy petition, even if no balance is owed.  Although the bankruptcy law has the effect of automatically terminating the cell phone contract, virtually all cell phone companies will continue service if the account is current, and will not pay any attention to the bankruptcy filing.
    The advantage to you, the consumer, by including the cell phone company in the petition, even if you are current, is that you can later terminate the contract before the end of the typical two-year period, and not be responsible for the early termination penalty.
    Special Note About Cell Phones for Later:   Since I’m talking about cell phones, please note that when you do eventually file for bankruptcy relief and later go to court for the meeting of creditors, you must leave your cell phone in the car.  The Central Islip Bankruptcy Court has a policy of not permitting any cell phones into the building.  If you arrive at court by public transportation, the U.S. Marshall will permit you to check your phone with them in the lobby.
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    Eliminating Taxes in Bankruptcy

    Posted on Thursday (October 22, 2009) at 8:00 am to Benefits of Bankruptcy
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
    Tax and Bankruptcy Issues

    Some income taxes can be eliminated and discharged in personal bankruptcy filingsWritten by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
    Can You Discharge Taxes in Bankruptcy?
    Some taxes can be discharged in a personal bankruptcy filing.  The most common type of tax that consumers owe is back income taxes.  In certain circumstances, they can be discharged.  Most other types of taxes cannot be eliminated in bankruptcy.
    What Taxes Are Dischargeable In Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

    There is a multi-prong test for determining whether income taxes can be eliminated in a personal bankruptcy filing and this test is rather detailed and complicated.
    First Prong:  More than three years must have elapsed from the date that the tax return was “last due”.  Assuming that no extension request was filed, the income tax is “last due” on April 15th of the following year.  It does not matter that you may have filed the tax return a month earlier; the three-year  period starts running from the date the return was due — in this case April 15.  Extension requests have to be incorporated into the “last due” calculation as well.
    Second Prong:  The tax return must have been actually filed at least two years prior to the date the bankruptcy petition is filed.  Thus, even if more than three years elapsed from the date the return was “last due”, there must be at least two years that elapsed since the date the return was actually filed, before the bankruptcy petition can be filed.
    Third Prong:  More than 240 days must have elapsed since the date that the IRS “assessed” the tax obligation.  Tax assessments are tricky and IRS records and transcripts should be reviewed  to determine tax assessment dates.
    Other Issues to Consider:  The IRS has the right to object to efforts to discharge tax debts if they feel that the taxpayer filed fraudulent returns, willfully attempted to evade taxes, or engaged in a pattern of tax evasion.  Also note that even if you can eliminate federal tax obligations that you ow to the Internal Revenue Service, they may still have a lien on your assets if the IRS obtained a federal tax lien.  I will address this issue in a future post.
    How Do You Eliminate Taxes in a Bankruptcy Proceeding?
    It is generally necessary to obtain a determination from the bankruptcy court.  This, unfortunately, can be more involved than the bankruptcy itself, as it often entails actually suing the IRS in an “adversary proceeding”, which is a federal lawsuit brought within the bankruptcy case, and heard before the bankruptcy court judge.  However, since tax debt is often substantial, it is usually worth the investment.  For more information on adversary proceedings, see A Primer on Adversary Proceedings .
    What about Discharging New York State Taxes?
    The same bankruptcy rules that apply to the IRS also apply to state tax obligations.
    What Taxes Cannot Be Eliminated in Bankruptcy Filings?
    Most other types of taxes cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding.  These include withholding taxes, fiduciary taxes, excise taxes, and sales taxes.  Remember, income taxes, in general, that are less than three years old, cannot be eliminated in bankruptcy.
    Discharging taxes in bankruptcy can be rather complicated.  Getting advice from an experienced bankruptcy attorney who has actually brought tax dischargeability proceedings is important if you have significant tax obligations.
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    Dying Octogenarian’s Secret Drives Spouse Into Bankruptcy

    Posted on Tuesday (October 20, 2009) at 6:45 pm to Benefits of Bankruptcy
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
    Suffolk Lawyer

    BankruptcyBy Craig D. Robins, Esq.

     Husband Used Bankruptcy to Eliminate Debt Fraudulently Incurred by Deceased Wife
    One of my most interesting Long Island Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases was a number of years ago.  It involved an 80-year-old widower who learned some incredible, disturbing and unfortunate secrets about his wife’s finances while she was on her deathbed.
    By using some creativity and the filing of a consumer bankruptcy case, I saved the day for my client.
    Filing Bankruptcy Proved to Be the Ideal Solution to an Unusual Problem
    Just a week after his wife had died, the widower, accompanied by his adult children, consulted with me about a very serious debt problem he had only discovered two weeks prior.
    His deceased wife, also 80 years old, had been in the hospital, diagnosed with a terminal disease.  When the widower walked into her hospital room to pay her a visit a week before she died, he caught her trying to shove some papers under her covers.  These were credit card bills and lawsuit papers.
    Wife, Unbeknownst to Husband, Incurs Substantial Debt in His Name
    As it turned out, for years, the wife, who had handled all of the family’s finances, opened numerous credit card accounts in the husband’s name by forging his signature.  She did not tell him about this.  She had all the credit card bills sent to a post office box.
    Just a week before she died, the husband learned that not only was he obligated to pay over $60,000 to credit card companies for debts he had absolutely nothing to do with, but several of the credit card companies had even commenced litigation against him.  The widower wanted to know what to do.
    Although we discussed disputing some 15 different accounts, or defending the various suits that had been brought in state court, I decided that the easiest and most efficient way to resolve the problem would be to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
    Using Bankruptcy to Resolve the Problem
    The tricky aspect of this case was that the debtor-husband owned his entire Locust Valley home free and clear of all liens, far exceeding the homestead exemption.  The unprotected home did not concern me because my strategy was to totally eliminate all creditors. 
    I prepared the bankruptcy petition and listed the various credit card accounts totaling $60,000, but indicated that each and every credit card debt was disputed.
    The bankruptcy court assigned the Chapter 7 case to Long Island bankruptcy trustee Kenneth Kirschenbaum.  He almost fell off his chair at the meeting of creditors when he learned that there was a valuable house that was almost totally non-exempt.  Keep in mind that at the time of filing, the homestead exemption was only $10,000 and the house was worth several hundred thousand dollars.  The trustee immediately began salivating over the prospect of administering a nice asset case.
    However, I told the trustee, “not so fast, Cowboy” (or words to that effect).  I explained the situation and said that I would be filing an application for a “bar date” in which creditors would be notified that they have only so much time to file claims.  I then told the trustee that I would be filing objections to every filed claim.
    Trustee Can’t Administer Bankruptcy Estate and Debtor Gets Discharge
    Well, it turned out that even though there were 15 creditors, only six of them filed claims. (Remember, this was many years ago when creditors often neglected to file claims).  I then successfully objected to every claim, on the ground that the husband did not incur them.
    That left a bankruptcy estate that contained a very significant non-exempt asset — the house — but with not one single claim that could be paid.
    Trustee Kirschenbaum, who was not too happy, had no choice but to close the case as a “no asset” case because there were no creditors who he could pay.  The debtor, meanwhile, received his Chapter 7 discharge, kept his home, and eliminated all of the headaches caused by his wife’s secret financial life.
    By thinking out of the box, I utilized an unorthodox solution to an unusual debt problem and achieved a great result for my client.
    About the Author.  Long Island Bankruptcy Attorney Craig D. Robins, Esq., is a regular columnist for the Suffolk Lawyer, the official publication of the Suffolk County Bar Association in New York. This article appeared in the October 2009 issue of the Suffolk Lawyer. Mr. Robins is a bankruptcy lawyer who has represented thousands of consumer and business clients during the past twenty years. He has offices in Patchogue, Commack, Woodbury and Valley Stream. (516) 496-0800. For information about filing bankruptcy on Long Island, please visit his Bankruptcy web site: http://www.BankruptcyCanHelp.com.
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    Storm Brewing From Adjustable Rate Mortgages; Numerous Bankruptcy Filings Expected

    Posted on Thursday (October 8, 2009) at 10:00 pm to Benefits of Bankruptcy
    Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
    Long Island Economy
    Mortgages & Sub-Prime Mortgage Meltdown

    Bankruptcy filings may help homeowners afflicted by high adjustable rate mortgagesWritten by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
    The next storm to hit the housing market will be caused by the wave of defaults on pay-option adjustable rate mortgages according to an article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.
    The problem is part of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown.  Between two and four years ago, an incredible number of homeowners took out pay-option adjustable rate mortgages (ARM), especially here on Long Island.  A very large number of our clients who own homes have such mortgages.
    Now, with these mortgages starting to reset to much higher rates and exorbitant monthly payments, many homeowners will be unable to afford them any longer.  There can actually be a flood of defaults.  Many Long Island communities have a great majority of homeowners who refinanced their homes with ARMs. 
    The rate of delinquencies and foreclosures on ARMs is extremely high, in large part because so many of these homes are underwater and have no equity.
    A bankruptcy filing can often provide relief from an onerous adjustable rate mortgage
    The Long Island bankruptcy attorneys in our firm meet with homeowners on a regular basis who are facing this dilemma.  Fortunately for them, they have various bankruptcy options.
    With some, we recommend Chapter 7 bankruptcy which enables them to stay in the home for a period of time without having to make any payments.  Then, they can move out and not have to worry about any deficiency obligation on the mortgage, as that is discharged in the bankruptcy proceeding.
    With other clients who may have several mortgages, we may recommend Chapter 13 bankruptcy as there is a mechanism in that type of bankruptcy to eliminate the second mortgage if he house has lost a great deal of value.
    For those Long Island homeowners in financial difficulty, it makes sense to quickly meet with an experienced Long Island bankruptcy attorney.
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    Home Buying Advice Over Past Hundred Years Now Wrong

    Posted on Monday (September 21, 2009) at 10:15 am to Benefits of Bankruptcy
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
    Consumer Advice
    Mortgages & Sub-Prime Mortgage Meltdown

    Bankruptcy is the only way out for some homeowners who got in over their head with a new home purchaseWritten by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
    Long Island first-time home buyers, hurt after following advice of so-called experts to stretch financially to buy their first house, are now getting out of bad situations with Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    For ages, buyers of real estate were told that they should always stretch financially when buying their first home.  However, the recent resettling of the real estate market has blasted that maxim out of the water.  As a consequence of that good-natured, but ill-conceived advice, hundreds of thousands of Americans now have homes with no equity at all and are considering bankruptcy as a way out.
    An article in the New York Times last week (Seven New Rules for the First-Time Home Buyer) said that too many people bought too much house for too many years.  Although our country’s financial system almost collapsed because of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, the article suggested that consumers should share some of the responsibility.
    Unfortunately, few home buyers anticipated such significant corrections with real estate values.  They also were blinded to the excited sales pitches of mortgage brokers and real estate sales agents about exotic mortgages that reset to rates that can become unaffordable.
    A very large number of Long Island home buyers fell victims to this home buying euphoria and are now paying the price — something I see daily in my Long Island bankruptcy law practice.
    Now, financial planners and economists are rejecting the idea that first-time home buyers should get as much home as they can afford.  The Times article spells out some new, common-sense guidelines that home buyers must consider, like placing a down payment of at least 20%, and not spending more than 35% of pre-tax income on the mortgage payment, including real estate tax and liability insurance.
    The purchase of a home, once thought to be a no-brainer as far as being a safe investment, must now be approached cautiously.
    For those home buyers that have found themselves in an untenable real estate situation, combined with excessive debt, bankruptcy can often provide a solution to getting out of a bad real estate home investment and getting a fresh new financial start.  We have helped many Long Island homeowners do just that with Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
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    Recession, Depression and Getting a New Start with Bankruptcy

    Posted on Wednesday (September 16, 2009) at 12:30 pm to Bankruptcy and Society
    Benefits of Bankruptcy
    Consumer Advice

    Recession can lead to depression, but filing bankruptcy can provide a fresh new financial startWritten by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
    Substantial Earners Are Coping with Recessionary Layoffs by Filing for Bankruptcy
    There have been some massive job layoffs in this deep recession, even for professionals and upper level executives.  Consequently, many recently-laid off workers are being forced to rethink their professional identities, their personal relationships and how they will manage their existing debt.
    The current financially-plagued economy seems to be sparing no one.  Even white-collar workers with advanced degrees, working at prestigious companies, are not immune.  Anyone can lose a job.  Wall Street firms have not been kind; advertising and retail are suffering greatly, and many question the viability of garment industry jobs remaining in New York.
    According to studies by organizational psychologists, white-collar men tend to experience unemployment differently.  For them it is sometimes difficult to adapt and find a job to provide income if that income is significantly less.  Grappling with joblessness inevitably entails surrendering an idea of who they are.  Negative emotions abound.  I’ve previously written about the Eight Steps to Cope with Emotional Issues During Bankruptcy  as well as The Emotional Side of Debt and Bankruptcy .
    To those who qualify, bankruptcy can often provide a solution for eliminating substantial debt.  This usually has a very positive effect on the psyche, eliminating a large source of anxiety and depression.
    The bankruptcy option should be discussed and considered well before the raiding of 401-K and other retirement accounts.  (See Are Pensions Protected in New York Bankruptcy Cases? ).
    In my Long Island bankruptcy law practice, I frequently see clients who previously earned six-figure incomes.  Bankruptcy can provide an opportunity for a fresh new financial start and remove some of the pressure of finding new employment.
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    Let Bankruptcy Be Your Superhero !

    Posted on Monday (September 14, 2009) at 6:00 pm to Benefits of Bankruptcy
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

    Bankruptcy Man can conquer the evil creditors and get you a fresh new financial start !!!Written by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
    When you’re down in the dumps and being attacked by the enemy with seemingly no way out, you need a superhero to come to your rescue.  Think of bankruptcy as that superhero — a fictional character with extraordinary powers and abilities dedicated to doing acts of public good.
    You know the picture:  You’re in over your head and drowning in credit card debt.  The banks not only seem to be indifferent, but sneer at you and call you incessantly, even though you’ve got no financial ability to make payments.  They threaten to sue you and may have even done so already.  Your bank account is about to be frozen and your wages garnished.  WHAT CAN YOU DO?
    Simple.  CALL BANKRUPTCY MAN !.  Sure, there is no Bankruptcy Man superhero, but I have to tell you that hundreds of my Long Island bankruptcy clients over the years have probably thought so of me.
    An experienced bankruptcy attorney can quickly analyze a case (faster than a speeding bullet?)
    Then he can file the bankruptcy petition with the bankruptcy court electronically, right from his desk (able to leap tall buildings with a single bound?)
    And by filing the petition he can obtain an immediate and very powerful stay against the evil creditors (more powerful than a speeding locomotive?)
    Finally, he seeks to have the bankruptcy court issue an order of discharge, forever eliminating credit card debts (fighting for truth, justice and the American way?)
    Seriously, bankruptcy is a very powerful federal law that can protect a consumer who files bankruptcy in good faith and give that consumer the opportunity for a fresh new financial start by eliminating credit card debt.
    For another bankruptcy superhero, see the comic strips about BAPCPA Man.  I just spoke with its creator, my friend, Steven Horowitz, and I will be posting one of his latest strips tomorrow.
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    Record Amount of LIPA Utility Delinquencies

    Posted on Thursday (September 3, 2009) at 11:56 pm to Benefits of Bankruptcy
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
    Consumer Advice
    Long Island Economy

    LIPA Bills Can Be Discharged in BankruptcyWritten by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
    If the severity of the recession affecting Long Island can be measured by the number of electric utility bill delinquencies owed to the Long Island Power Authority, then Long Island has been hit very hard.
    LIPA recently reported that there is now a record amount owed by customers who have been unable to pay their electric bills.   Apparently, this figure has been rising steadily over the past two years.
    As of the end of 2008, 157,217 residential customers were late in paying their LIPA bills.  This number jumped to 165,900 as of May 31, 2009, representing a total amount of $121 million in arrears.
    The shear amount of late utility payments is probably an accurate barometer of the Long Island economy.
    LIPA Bills Can Be Discharged in Bankruptcy
    I personally witness the extensive amount of LIPA arrears daily as I meet client after client in my Long Island bankruptcy practice.  Although I don’t keep such statistics, I’d say almost half of my bankruptcy clients have LIPA utility bills that we include in their bankruptcy petitions.
    Fortunately, utility bills such as LIPA are dischargeable in personal bankruptcy proceedings.  By law, the utility company cannot terminate service merely because the customer has sought to discharge the utility bill. 
    What Does LIPA Do When a Customer Does Not Pay?
    First, LIPA gives the customer a warning by mail.
    Then, LIPA gives more warnings and makes phone calls to the customer over the next two months.  However, LIPA will not terminate service and shut off power until there are at least three months of non-payment.  This is an option of last resort.
    Most customers will seek to work out some kind of payment arrangement.  Even by paying a small amount, the customer can usually maintain electric service.
    If the customer cannot work out a satisfactory payment arrangement with LIPA, then LIPA will terminate service.  In May, LIPA shut off service for 2,150 nonpaying customers.
    Even if a customer has entered into a payment arrangement or is on a budget, all electricity bill balances can be discharged in bankruptcy.  Even filing a bankruptcy the day before a scheduled termination will prevent the termination from occuring.
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    Bankruptcy Can Save Your Marriage

    Posted on Tuesday (September 1, 2009) at 9:15 am to Bankruptcy and Society
    Benefits of Bankruptcy
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

    Arguments over money problems is the number one cause of divorce.  Bankruptcy can resolve that.Written by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
    Disagreement about finances can lead to divorce as debt is a marriage killer
    I all see it all too frequently – couples fighting over financial problems.  One of the leading causes of matrimonial difficulty is the strain caused by money issues.
    In these recessionary times, more and more families are facing overwhelming debt.  Whether caused by loss of a job, poor money management, reduced income, or increased expenses, financial pressures seem to be at an all-time high.
    The ensuing stress of fighting over bills and money can take its toll on the marriage, often straining marital relationships to be brink of failure.  Most marital arguments are over financial issues.  Many divorces are the result of stress and constant fighting over lack of money.
    Although there are many elements to a healthy marriage, statistics show that divorce occurs more often due to financial troubles than other issue, including marital infidelity, health problems, and growing apart.
    Financial stress can quickly build to the breaking point.  But if you could save your marriage, wouldn’t you?
    Bankruptcy can come to the rescue and save the marriage.  For those who qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, the bankruptcy will likely eliminate all credit card debt and personal loans, effectively eliminating a major source of marital strife.
    Many of my clients have confided in me after I filed their bankruptcy petition and eliminated their debts, that I rescued their marriage.
    For those couples with excessive debt, it is important to understand that filing for bankruptcy relief is often an overlooked option that may work to save the marriage.
    Financial stress can be overwhelming but divorce can be infinitely worse.  Filing bankruptcy can be a way to regain control over both your marriage and your finances.
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