One man filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2011 attempting to wipe out credit card debt and back child support owed. The man did not let the court know about money he earned in Russia in 2009 and 2010 according to a May 13, 2014 New York Law Journal article. Typically, when one files a bankruptcy, one must disclose all earnings. That is one reason that our office requires that clients bring in tax returns. In addition, it was revealed that the man was claiming unemployment compensation for three years prior to the filing.

The wife, who was owed child support, objected to this bankruptcy and the court decided not to discharge the petitioner.

Next, the man tried to fight the denial to discharge. The district court agreed with the bankruptcy court’s decision and did not grant him a discharge. The court noted that he was attempting to commit fraud while under oath. The man’s wife asked the court not to allow his bankruptcy to go through because he was seeking to discharge non-dischargeable debts—the child support arrears. This man then tried to prove that his wife did not have standing in the court. That effort did not work. The moral of the case is: do not hold anything back from the courts.

If you are in debt and are considering filing for bankruptcy, then you should speak with an attorney who can familiarize you with the bankruptcy process and represent you in the filing. Jayson Lutzky is a lawyer with an office in the Bronx, New York, who handles personal bankruptcies. To set up a free in person consultation with Mr. Lutzky, call 718-514-6619. Saturday appointments are available. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com for more information.