Bankruptcy Issues for the Family Law Lawyer


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

Learn about the intersection of bankruptcy and family law. Learn how bankruptcy filings by parties to family law and domestic relations litigation are affected, including:

•   How types of bankruptcies differ in treating domestic support obligations
•   Impact of the automatic stay
•   Ability to discharge domestic support obligations
•   Statutory priority of domestic support claims in bankruptcy

Once completed, you will be able to:

•   Distinguish among the types of bankruptcies
•   Recognize the breadth and applicability of the automatic stay
•   Understand the bankruptcy discharge and exceptions to it
•   Understand the order in which claims are paid in bankruptcy
•   Determine the priority given by law to domestic support claims

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Types of bankruptcies
•   The automatic stay
•   The bankruptcy discharge
•   Claim payment and priority

Date / Time: November 12, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

Choose a format:

•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

Select your state to see if this class is approved for CLE credit.

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Original Broadcast Date: May 20, 2019

Jeffrey M. Sherman, Esq. is a creditors’ rights and bankruptcy attorney practicing in the greater Washington, DC, region, where he has handled bankruptcy matters for clients throughout the nation for more than 35 years. He works on behalf of creditors and debtors of all types, trustees, creditors’ committees, and parties affected by bankruptcy proceedings (landlords, asset purchasers, litigation defendants), including related bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy litigation. Mr. Sherman received his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from City University of New York, Queens College in 1978, and his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School in 1981. Since then, he has been fortunate to be recognized and awarded for his work as a bankruptcy practitioner, teacher and mentor. Mr. Sherman helped organize and now directs the Bankruptcy Assistance Center in the District of Columbia, where he and his staff of volunteer attorneys assist pro se parties with bankruptcy advice and counselling.

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Section I. Types of bankruptcy cases

Section II. The automatic stay

Section III. Exceptions to automatic stay

Section IV. Relief from automatic stay (domestic support litigation)

Section V. Filing claims in bankruptcy cases

Section VI. Priority and required treatment given to domestic support obligations

Section VII. Discharge of domestic support obligations

Section VIII. Procedure for determination of dischargeability