Do I need a lawyer to help me fight the chapter 13 bankrupcy my ex husband filed on our property settlement we agreed on during

Asked 10 months ago - Lake Charles, LA

Me and my ex husband been divorced for 5 yrs. we were married 18 yrs and he inherited 5 acres of land and a old house that we remolded and spent lots of money doin it, he never put me on the deed and during the divorce I didn't get anything, he kept the business we had and everything we had bought together for 18 years and he offered me 15000.00 dollars and we agreed on that and signed papers. 4 yrs had passed and I still didn't get the money so I garnished his wages and then he filed chapter 13 bankrupcy on the agreement after he singed papers stating he was gonna pay me,,, wat can I do? And can I fight h in court and win? Plz help

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  1. Michael Christopher Burr

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    Answered . You can fight him in the bankruptcy court, or if you get permission you can fight him where the garnishment was taking place. The Chapter 13 case should disclose his assets and have a payment plan proposing to pay various creditors. He could be proposing to pay you in full and get rid of some other debt, however, he is probably trying to knock out your debt. You need some legal help to see if your debt can get special treatment so you can get paid in full in his Chapter 13.

  2. Craig Bernard Mitchell

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    Answered . Yes, you should consider hiring an attorney as your issue sounds like it can get relatively complicated - you have the validity and enforcement of the agreement, the nature of property involved being community and the bankruptcy to hash out.

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  3. Kerry D. Hettinger

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    Answered . Although neither spousal support nor property settlement can be discharged in a chapter 7, property settlements can be discharged in a chapter 13 (spousal support is non-dischargeable in both). You should certainly consult an attorney to see if you can argue the obligation is spousal support rather than just property settlement.

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