William H. Sutton, Jr., Ch. 13, BK14-80189 (July 11, 2014)

The claim of the debtor’s former wife should be allowed as a general unsecured claim rather than as a domestic support obligation. The claim was based on the parties’ property settlement agreement, under which the debtor was to make a lump-sum payment to his former wife within five years after entry of the decree of dissolution. Nothing about the debt indicated it was “in the nature of support,” so it was not entitled to priority or excepted from discharge.

Friday, July 11, 2014