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Divorce and Bankruptcy

Learn about the relationship between bankruptcy and divorce and how one can impact your options in the other.

Marital problems and money problems often go hand-in-hand. The financial strain of going through a divorce is one of the most common reasons why people seek out bankruptcy relief. Learn more about the interplay between divorce and bankruptcy and what to look out for when deciding the best course of action - and its timing - for you and your family.

This page is your hub for learning about how divorce and bankruptcy affect each other.

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How to File Bankruptcy After a Divorce

Learn how to file bankruptcy after a divorce. This supplements Upsolve's Guide on how to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy and highlight how to handle your divorce in the forms.

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What You Need To Know About Divorce and Bankruptcy

Divorce and bankruptcy often go hand-in-hand. Financial strain can accelerate marital strife just as easily as pending separation can negatively impact your financial stability. While you may need to seek legal relief on both fronts, it is important to know how they impact one another, and that your personal circumstances will determine the best order to address them.

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Chapter 13 While Getting a Divorce: Probably a Bad Idea

Unfortunately, divorce and bankruptcy can go hand-in-hand at times, so it’s important to know how a divorce affects a bankruptcy case. If you’re considering divorcing your spouse and are thinking about addressing your debts through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, continue reading.

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Divorce and Foreclosure: How Each Affects the Other

If a marital home is at risk of being foreclosed upon, the choices made in a couple's divorce process can significantly impact how that foreclosure risk is resolved. Who - if anyone - wants to remain in the house tends to affect the outcomes of these processes the most.

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Upsolve is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that started in 2016. Our mission is to help low-income families who cannot afford lawyers file bankruptcy for free, using an online web app. Spun out of Harvard Law School, our team includes lawyers, engineers, and judges. We have world-class funders that include the U.S. government, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and leading foundations. It's one of the greatest civil rights injustices of our time that low-income families can’t access their basic rights when they can’t afford to pay for help. Combining direct services and advocacy, we’re fighting this injustice.

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