Bank­rupt? Child sup­port still due

Los Angeles Times - - Business -

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

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