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Can an Ex-Spouse File Objection to Bankruptcy?

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Can an Ex-Spouse File Objection to Bankruptcy?

Can ex-spouse file an objection to bankruptcy; adversary proceedings

Written and Verified by Ralph A. Ferro, Jr., Esq.

Objection to Bankruptcy by an Ex-Spouse’s is not possible, unless you are a party in interest or a creditor.

An ex-spouse cannot use the bankruptcy court to gain revenge.   General grievances are not acceptable in bankruptcy court.  As we know, many times divorces do not end well.


Ex-spouses may look for ways to create a difficult situation for the other.    Yes, even in Bankruptcy Court.    After the matrimonial divorce case is over, many ex-partners now look further into the financial matters of their ex-partners.   My father was a matrimonial lawyer for over 50 years.   I saw the high tensions during divorces.    I never regretted the field of bankruptcy that I chose to focus my law practice.

However, bankruptcy has great financial protections.    Alimony, child support and divorce court proceedings that are owed to a creditor must be paid.    If a Matrimonial Court orders that Divorce Legal Debts are paid by the other party, that debt remains and cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.    Alimony and child support are non-dischargeable in bankruptcy without an adversary  proceeding.    These are general statements.  There are sometimes exceptions and exceptions to the exceptions in Law.

If the ex-spouse has been paid or is being paid all that they are owed, why would they object?    In the case below, there was no legal standing to object.   However, after a contentious divorce, only the Trustee, interested parties, and creditors to a bankruptcy can object to a debtor’s bankruptcy.   This is done through an adversary proceeding.

I ran across this case and thought you might find it interesting; I did.

Adversary Proceeding 

Objection to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

  • Couple divorced after two years of “contentious” litigation.
  • Ex-wife filed for Chapter 7
  • Ex-husband filed an adversary proceeding stating that she was not entitled to a discharge.
  • He claimed she had made false statements about her assets and liabilities. (Undervalued her engagement ring, failed to disclose $1,000.00 per month in income, and other non-disclosures)
  • All debts ex-wife owed were to be paid totally to her ex outside of bankruptcy as they were non-dischargeable.

Bankruptcy Court

  • Ex-husband had no standing since all debts owed to him were being paid in full.
  • Ex-husband was not a creditor in the bankruptcy.
  • A basic generalized grievance is not acceptable.
  • He did not suffer a concrete and particularized injury – No Standing.
  • Adversary proceeding was dismissed.

Just because you do not like someone – you cannot object to their bankruptcy if you have no standing  U.S.C. § 1109.

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