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Are Guradian ad litem fees dischargeable in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case? Example: Debtor was ordered by state court to pay the GAL fees. Now he file for bankruptcy, chapter 7.

 

A: GAL fees are in the nature of support and are non-dischargeable. No adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court is required to determine non-dischargeabilty. 

Can a debtor file an adversayr proceeding to determine whether the debt is dischargeable?
Even if the bankruptcy court rules that the debt is discharged, the bankruptcy jurisdiction would be non-exclusive. The family law court can later rule differently.


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