My husband's business was and is in chapter 11 bankruptcy when I filed 4 divorce . 2 days before our temporary hearing order he filed personal chapter 11 bankruptcy . My law firm filed a motion to dismiss his personal bankruptcy due to bad faith but my husband's personal bankruptcy lawyer filed a motion of sanctions against my firm . We filed a relief of stay . . . My attorneys do not like the motion of sanctions called against them so they persuaded me to drop the motion to dismiss . Also , my husband's bankruptcy attorney filed an adversary suit against me to sell all our properties . Right now the issue of sanctions was reserved by the court until resolution of the adversary case . TO hearing is coming up . Will I lose my home and other properties to his creditors ?
I highly recommend that you get a different firm to represent you.
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You have a very involved situation with substantial interests at stake. Please find an experienced chapter 11 attorneys that can protect your interests. Your family lawyer may not be able to protect your interests in the bankruptcy court.
Unfortunately, I do not believe that it is possible in this particular forum for an attorney to provide you with an opinion regarding the outcome. A motion by a creditor to seek dismissal of a bankruptcy filing for bad faith (as well as a counter-motion for sanctions) requires intense review and analysis of the facts and the law applicable in your circuit. If you are concerned about the advice that you are receiving from your present firm, then you will need to seek a second opinion as soon as possible.
Contracts / Agreements Lawyer
You may be happy with your divorce lawyer, but you may be asking too much of him to represent you in a complicated bankruptcy matter. Do yourself a favor and hire separate counsel to represent you in the bankruptcy case. Good luck!
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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Attorney
You need bankruptcy attorneys, not divorce attorneys, handling this.
"Bad faith" in this regard has some very specific meanings. The simple fact that it makes your divorce more complicated would rarely meet these standards. I'm not surprised to see that such a motion led to a sanctions request.
Whether or not it makes sense to sell the properties is another question. Are they upside down? Are they losing money? Are they your means of support?