The goal of federal bankruptcy laws is to give the honest debtor a fresh start in life. How that is achieved is determined by each person's individual circumstances. In general, there are two types of bankruptcy filings. They are:
- Chapter 7 or straight bankruptcy, which wipes out most debts except for those you intend to continue paying, such as secured debts like the family home or car.
- Chapter 13 or wage earner's bankruptcy in which most debts are consolidated into one payment, a repayment plan is set up to pay back your debts over several year's time, and a percentage is paid back to most creditors. Secured debts, such as your house and car are still in place and ongoing.
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