You can file for bankruptcy twice or even three times, even if you have received a discharge. If you file for bankruptcy again prior the time limits, then you will not be entitled to a discharge, and your remaining debts will survive the bankruptcy.
For Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings, you must wait eight years from the filing date of your previous petition. Filing prematurely before those eight years have expired, you will not be granted a discharge. The eight years start counting from the date the prior Chapter 7 bankruptcy was filed.
If you previously filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and want to file Chapter 7 again, the time period is eight years from when you last filed. If you filed Chapter 7 and want to file a Chapter 13, the time period is four years from when you filed Chapter 7.
How soon can you file Chapter 13 after Chapter 7? You can file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy four years after a Chapter 7 case. The filing date of your previous Chapter 7 bankruptcy must be at least four years prior to the filing date of your new Chapter 13 bankruptcy case.
You won’t lose all of your property when you file for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy law allows you to “exempt,” or take out of the bankruptcy estate, the things you need to maintain a home and job, such as household furnishings, clothing, and an inexpensive car.
After a bankruptcy falls off your credit report, your credit score will go up by 50 to 150 points.
Frequency of Denial While some Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases are kicked out of court before discharge, statistics indicate that this isn’t the norm. According to the U.S. Courts website, when Chapter 7 cases are correctly filed, they result in a successful discharge of debts more than 99 percent of the time.
You can file for bankruptcy twice or even three times, even if you have received a discharge. The key is that you will often have to wait a certain period after you have filed and have received a discharge, to file for bankruptcy again and get a full discharge.
The Bankruptcy Code allows debtors in Chapter 13 cases to voluntarily dismiss their bankruptcy case at any time. The ability to dismiss a case can be useful in many different situations. For example, when plan payments are higher than anticipated when the case is filed, debtors may wish to have their case dismissed.
Bankruptcy is a serious financial measure, but it might be an option for people struggling with debt. Chapter 13 bankruptcy could make sense if you have steady income and want a chance to keep your home or car. There’s no guarantee the immediate relief will be worth the long-term consequences of the bankruptcy.
There is no minimum amount of debt you must have in order to file for bankruptcy relief. While the amount of your debt is an important factor to consider, there are other more important factors to take into account in determining if a bankruptcy filing is in your best interest.