Case Conclusion Date: 10.01.2012
Practice Area: Chapter 13 bankruptcy
Outcome: Objection overruled based on controlling precedent of Friedkin v. Sternberg (In re Sternberg), 85 F.3d 1400 (9th Cir. 1996). Affirmed on appeal to Ninth Circuit BAP.
Description: Client (ex-wife) filed claim for alimony of $1,500 per month payable over 17 years. Chapter 13 debtor (ex-husband) objected, claiming alimony was disguised property settlement of $10M civil suit for intra-marital transmission of sexually transmitted disease. http://www.cacb.uscourts.gov/sites/cacb/files/documents/opinions/SA-11-10946-RK_Ashworth_MOD.pdf