Do I still have to pay child support if I go bankrupt?
The short answer is yes. A requirement to pay child or spousal support remains in place if you go bankrupt or file a consumer proposal. A Trustee would consider those obligations when calculating the amount you have to pay back to your creditors.
It is important to be aware that arrears of support survive bankruptcy, so even after discharge, the debt for support arrears remains. You should also be aware that by eliminating your other debts, going bankrupt or filing a proposal may actually free up income to which you spouse or child may be entitled. It is important to be in touch with your family lawyer to investigate all of the implications of bankruptcy or consumer proposals before you file.
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