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Can My Income Affect The Type Of Bankruptcy I Can File

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2011 | Bankruptcy

Yes. If your income is above the median income for a family the size of your household in your state, you may have to file a Chapter 13 (debt adjustment) case. The median income figures are state specific and change at least once a year; an experienced bankruptcy attorney will be able to review these figures with you to determine whether or not your income is above the median income line. If your income is above-median, then you must fill out means test forms requiring detailed information about income and expenses. If, under standards in the law, the consumer is found to have a certain amount left over that could be paid to unsecured creditors, the bankruptcy court may decide that the consumer cannot file a Chapter 7 (straight bankruptcy) case, unless there are special extenuating circumstances.