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Divorce Results in Bankruptcy for Many in Massachusetts

While child support and most alimony orders are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, many times it results in our clients not being able to pay their other obligations. Thus, they come to us for a personal bankruptcy. This is especially true when someone loses a job and can’t afford a lawyer to go back to court to modify an existing order.
Clients who fail to pay support sometimes end up in jail. More often, however, they end up in Bankruptcy Court.
The State House will finally hear from those struggling to balance their obligations when the Joint Committee of the Judiciary will take testimony on September 17, 2009. The Massachusetts Alimony Reform association will have their members present to testify about their experiences with this system.
The Joint Committee will be reviewing House Bill Number 1785. This proposed law would change alimony laws in Massachusetts.