If my ex has filed Chapter 7 and I have a judgment against him for past medical bills and a truck, can he include the judgment in his filing?

He was supposed to pay these bills but I had to. The judgment was issued and approved by a judge 5 years ago..

Asked on July 30, 2014 under Bankruptcy Law, Kansas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes, a court judgment is something which can be included in, and discharged by, a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. A judgment of the type you describe is an unsecured debt, and so bankruptcy is very effective against it. There are certain kinds of judgments which bankruptcy does not work against, such as for child support, or growing out of DWI/DUI, but the type of judgments you seem to be describing can be discharged in bankruptcy.

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