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Can my former spouse (ex-husband or wife) or I file for bankruptcy (Chapter 7 or 13) in order to avoid having to pay Massachusetts Alimony (Spousal Support)?

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Can my former spouse (ex-husband or wife) or I file for bankruptcy (Chapter 7 or 13) in order to avoid having to pay Massachusetts Alimony (Spousal Support)?

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No! Both Alimony and Child Support obligations may not be discharged or eliminated in the Bankruptcy Court. In other words, Federal Bankruptcy Laws exempt the discharge or elimination of Massachusetts court ordered alimony or child support awards.

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