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Is there a minimum amount of debt required to file for bankruptcy?

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2024 | Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy offers a solution for those facing significant debt. However, before filing for bankruptcy, you must understand the process and requirements. 

Many people considering bankruptcy wonder, “Is there a minimum amount of debt required to file?” This is an important question, and it is answered here. 

No Minimum Debt Requirement

In Connecticut, there is no legal minimum debt required to file for bankruptcy. Individuals or businesses can file for bankruptcy regardless of the amount they owe. The key consideration is whether the filer is unable to pay their debts as they are due. This flexibility allows debtors in various financial situations to seek relief through bankruptcy.

Types of Bankruptcy

There are several types of bankruptcy to consider. These include:

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also known as liquidation bankruptcy, is available to individuals and businesses in Connecticut who pass the means test. The means test compares your income to the median income in Connecticut for a household of your size. 

If your income is below the median, you qualify for Chapter 7. This type of bankruptcy involves liquidating non-exempt assets to pay off creditors. There is no minimum debt requirement for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 bankruptcy, or reorganization bankruptcy, is designed for individuals with regular incomes who can pay back a portion of their debts over a three—to five-year period. 

This type of bankruptcy is suitable for those who have significant assets they wish to keep, such as a home. Like Chapter 7, there is no minimum debt requirement for filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Connecticut.

Considerations Before Filing

While there is no minimum debt threshold, it is essential to consider the implications of filing for bankruptcy. The process can impact your credit score, affect future loan eligibility, and result in the loss of certain assets. Consulting with a financial advisor can help determine if bankruptcy is the right choice for your financial situation.

In Connecticut, individuals and businesses can file for bankruptcy without meeting a minimum debt requirement. Whether considering Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, it is important to understand the benefits and consequences.