Effect of Bankruptcy on Spousal Support

Spousal support debts are not dischargeable in bankruptcy (11 U.S.C. 523(a)(5)). Moreover, even if labeled as something else (i.e., property division), the obligation will not be discharged (Shaver v. Shaver (1984, CA9 Nev.) 736 F.2d 1314), nor are attorneys fees if ordered paid as part of support, and are reasonably needed by the supported spouse (In re: Gwinn (1982, BAP9 Nev.) 20 BR 233).

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