Divorce Obligations and Bankruptcy

Recently, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/02/us-kimkardashian-idUSTRE79U55G20111102.

Divorce is one of the many drivers of bankruptcy filings in New York. 

Many of the obligations associated with divorce are not discharged in a bankruptcy, however.

Pursuant to Bankruptcy Code Sections 523 (a)(5) and 523(a)(15), marital support obligations as well as property settlements incorporated in the divorce decree are not discharged.

For a spouse to preserve the property settlement rights, he or she must commence an adversary case against the Debtor in the 3 months before the case is discharged.