Discharge complaint in bankruptcy?

Asked 10 months ago - San Diego, CA

If there is an unpaid judgment and the person trying to collect is not the judgment holder, will the bankruptcy still order that judgment payable and not dischargeable?

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  1. Richard Glenn Elie

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . The facts in your narrative are way too sparse.

    This depends on the nature of the judgment as what it is for as in what was done to lead to the judgment. Was this a batter? Is it for spousal support? DUI with injuries? A fine or penalty? Or is it just for money owed on a credit card?

    In order for a creditor to remove the judgment from the discharge the creditor has to sue under 11 USC 523 and object to the discharge of their judgment. The only other objection is to all debts under 11 USC 727.

    Without knowing more, no one can even address this.

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  2. Michael Salanick


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    Answered . Bankruptcy will not order a judgment payable. Whether the original owner/holder of the judgment or a successor in interest has no bearing on whether a debt is discharged via bankruptcy.

    See 11 USC 523 for a description of exceptions to discharge (aka debts that may be deemed non-dischargeable).

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  3. Lynda Wesley

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    Answered . A chapter 7 bankruptcy will discharge the debt whether the debt belongs to the original creditor or whether the debt has been transferred to another creditor and this holds true even after a judgment has been entered. In other words it doesn't matter who is trying to collect, the debt will be wiped out.

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  4. Susan Dianne Bratcher


    Contributor Level 12


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    Answered . Are you talking to your bankruptcy attorney? They are in the best place to answer this question.

    Did someone file an objection to discharge in your case? Your question suggests this.

    What debts are and are not dischargable are spelled out in the bankruptcy code. It depends on factors such as which chapter you filed, the type of debt, and the age of the debt.

    Many debts are sold. So the first creditor may not own it any more. Additionally, creditors hire people and/or companies and even attorneys to collect the debt.

    Good luck.

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