The debt is discharged even if not listed if it was incurred before the date that you filed your petition.
This is a common situation and we have a form letter that we use to send to creditors when our clients contact us. Your attorney should have something similar.
If you filed your petition on your own, send a notice to the creditor with a copy of the bill and advice them of the filing date and the discharge.
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The above answers are correct assuming that you did not have any assets distributed in your case. If, however, you had assets that exceeded the allowed exemptions, then the creditor would not be discharged unless you can show that it received actual notice of the bankruptcy in time to file a proof of claim. You should know if there were assets distributed because you would typically have to hand over property or money to the trustee.
Also, you mentioned that this was a marital debt. If you were liable for this debt based on your divorce decree, then your chapter 7 bankruptcy would not discharge the obligation you owe to your ex-spouse. This means that the creditor could not sue you directly, but if the creditor sued your ex-spouse, he or she could file paperwork with the divorce court to make you pay the debt.
The discharge entered in a Chapter 7 extend to an unlisted debt only when both: 1) no assets were distributed to creditors; and 2) no bar date was set.
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