Bankrupt? Child support still due
Dear Liz: Why are child support arrears reported to credit agencies if they cannot be discharged in bankruptcy? And why is it one can discharge some federal income taxes in bankruptcy but not child support?
Answer: Child support is not a run-of-the-mill debt. It’s a family support obligation, and one of the few debts that can land you in jail if you ignore it.
That’s because the welfare of your kids is at stake. The Internal Revenue Service will still be able to carry on if you negotiate a settlement or discharge some of your debt in bankruptcy, but