Community Property Debts in Bankruptcy

If my spouse discharges our community property debts in bankruptcy, how does that affect me?

The non-bankruptcy spouse cannot have the division of property adjusted to account for or offset the additional debt that he or she may have to pay. In addition, the non-bankruptcy spouse may not seek an increase to or an offset against support to accomplish this result. Also, the non-bankruptcy spouse may not revive a community property debt that was discharged in the bankrupt spouse’s bankruptcy case by means of a hold harmless provision in the divorce judgment. However, unless spousal support has been waived or was made non-modifiable, and provided the additional debt supports a finding of additional need, the non-bankrupt spouse can seek additional support. See Family Code Section 3592. If your family law case involves bankruptcy issues, it is recommended that you consult an attorney.

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