Monday, October 17, 2011
FAQ #28: Can I file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Even if I Have Filed Before? How many times can I file bankruptcy?
Whether or not you may re-file (and the amount of time that must pass before you may re-file bankruptcy) depends on whether or not you received a discharge under your most recent bankruptcy filing.
If you received a discharge under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case, then you cannot file for relief under Chapter 7 unless:
1. Six (6) years have passed since the discharge in the Chapter 13 case; or
2. You paid at least 70 percent of your allowed unsecured claims in the Chapter 13 case, and your plan was proposed in good faith and represented your best effort to pay.
If you received a discharge under a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, then you cannot file for relief under Chapter 7 unless eight (8) years have passed since the discharge in the previous Chapter 7 filing.
If you filed a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case that was dismissed because you failed to obey court orders or you voluntarily requested a dismissal and did not obtain a discharge, then you cannot file for relief under Chapter 7 unless 180 days have passed since the dismissal of the previous filing.
Assuming that you meet the above time restrictions for re-filing, there is no limit to the amount of times you can file bankruptcy.
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