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Personal Bankruptcies Down 50%

Personal bankruptcy filings have dropped by 50-percent over the past six years. There are a number of reasons for this decline in bankruptcy filings. Unemployment is down which is typically a factor. In addition, according to ABC,(Margot Kim http://abc30.com/finance/medical-bankruptcies/2252646/ ), outstanding medical debt has dropped as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Prexisting coverage requirements and limits on caps are two of the provisions that have contributed. The article also mentions the  'Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act' passed in 2005 as part of the explanation. However, I do not agree since the number of bankruptcies filed increased for a number of years after its passage and for the most part it has not prevented very many filings. Bankruptcy filings have historically been cyclical and with the next swing in the economy undoubtedly filings will rise again.

Exceptions to the Bankruptcy Automatic Stay

Most people realize that when a bankruptcy is filed, the automatic stay stops most lawsuits against the debtor. However, there are exceptions under Section 362(b). For example, a lawsuit can proceed against someone that filed bankruptcy in order to establish paternity. Lawsuits to enforce child support obligations or visitation rights can also be brought even though the defendant filed bankruptcy.

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