You might be wondering which of your debts can be included in a bankruptcy, eliminating your responsibility to try and repay them. The simplest answer is that a bankruptcy eliminates most, if not all, of what are known as ‘unsecured’ debts. These include credit card debt, lines of credit, bank loans, payday loans and income tax debt. When you file for bankruptcy, you will no longer have to worry about repaying these debts.
Certain types of debt cannot be eliminated by filing for bankruptcy. Even after you complete the bankruptcy process, you will still be responsible for repaying the following debts:
Secured debt are guaranteed by an asset (your home or car), so you need to continue to make payments. Otherwise, your creditors can repossess your vehicle or your property.
These payments must continue even if you file for bankruptcy. If you’re behind on your payments, your former spouse or partner will be considered a preferred creditor in your bankruptcy claim.
If it’s been more than seven years since you were a full-time or part-time student, then student loan debt can be included in bankruptcy.
This includes any debt related to property or services obtained through fraud.