The Differences Between Chapter 7 And Chapter 13

Are you struggling with debt and exploring bankruptcy as an option? Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy are the most common forms of bankruptcy for individuals. Following are some of the key differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

What type of debt relief do Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 offer?

  • Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a liquidation bankruptcy, meaning that debt is discharged and the proceeds from non-exempt assets are used to pay off creditors. The majority of cases, however, are "no-asset" cases in which the debtor does not have to give up any property.
  • Chapter 13 is a reorganization bankruptcy. In a Chapter 13, you propose a plan to pay back some or all of your debt over a period of three to five years.

What are the eligibility restrictions?

  • In order to be eligible to file a Chapter 7, there are two main requirements. First, you may only file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy once every eight years. Second, you must be under a certain income level based on your household size in order to pass the "Means Test."

How long does it take?

  • Chapter 7 bankruptcy typically takes from four to six months, from filing date to discharge
  • A Chapter 13 bankruptcy lasts between three and five years, depending on your circumstances. .

Do both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 allow for "stripping" of second mortgages and other junior liens?

  • Chapter 7 does not allow for lien stripping.
  • Chapter 13 does allow for lien stripping, under certain circumstances.

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