Can I file for bankruptcy if I tithe or give money to my church or religious group?

I recently met a client who due to religious reasons gives ten percent (10%) of her income to her church, however due to the economy she is thinking of filing for bankruptcy.  She asked me if it will look bad or if she will be prevented from filing for bankruptcy because of her tithing.  The answer is NO, a debtor will be able to continue to tithe if he or she is considering filing for bankruptcy and the tithing will not preclude a debtor from filing for bankruptcy.

The only caveat is that the debtor may be required to show a history of tithing or donating money to the church in order to allow that expense.  Also there may be a limitation on the percentage of income that you will be able to use as an expense.

If you are thinking of filing for bankruptcy and would like to schedule a free consultation with a local bankruptcy attorney then please contact Shmucher Law, PL by calling 305.741.5553 or 954.309.5559.  We offer free consultations in any of our office locations including Boca Raton,  Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Plantation, and Sunrise Florida.

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