I have no way to pay this, I believe my ex filed bankruptcy
If the debt arose from a case involving child custody, it may be characterized as nondischargeable. So you may be able to file an enforcement action in family court (if it’s a family court judgment).
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i agree with Mr. Hall - child support/alimony is not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Sometimes the debts that come out of awarding child support/alimony (attorney fees) is also not dischargeable. It is important that you talk to an experienced bankruptcy attorney in order to your rights. If the attorney fees are not dischargeable then you should pursue collection in the divorce action (you may need to obtain a Bankruptcy Court order first - talk to an attorney).
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I gotta wonder why you care. Isn't the attorney the one who is owed the money by your ex-spouse? If the attorney can't collect based on a valid court order, it is doubtful the attorney will try to collect this debt from you. Hope this perspective helps!
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