What debts are dischargeable?

Question: What debts are dischargeable?

Answer: Generally, all debts listed on the petition are dischargeable. However, certain types of debt listed in 11 U.S.C. §523 are not dischargeable. The non-dischargeable debts listed in §523 include, but are not limited to:

a. Certain taxes and fines;

b. Debts arising from certain fraudulent conduct;

c. Debts not listed in your bankruptcy petition;

d. Alimony, child maintenance or support, and certain other related debts arising out of a divorce decree or separation agreement;

e. Debts caused by the Debtor’s willful and malicious injury to another;

f. Government guaranteed student loans;

g. Debts caused by a death or personal injury related to your operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated; and

h. Post-bankruptcy condominium or cooperative owner’s association fees.

This list includes only examples of non-dischargeable debts; see 11 U.S.C. § 523 for a complete list. Under § 523, a creditor or party in interest may also file a complaint to have their debt declared nondischargeable.

In a chapter 13 case, the discharge is broader under 11 U.S.C. § 1328(a).