Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Debt Ceilings to Rise 7%

UPDATE: More people will be able to get help for their debt problems on April 1, 2013, when the chapter 13 debt limits increase about seven per cent.

$383,175 of unsecured debt

$1,149,525 of secured debt

These numbers are the caps on the amount of debt an individual may have and be eligible for chapter 13 bankruptcy. The ceilings apply to liquidated and noncontingent debts. Unliquidated and contingent debts are not counted in these limits. If your debts exceed these figures, you are ineligible to be a chapter 13 debtor. 11 U.S.C. §109(e).

The debt is counted as of the day the bankruptcy is filed. Debts backed by collateral are split into the secured portion for the value of the collateral and the unsecured portion for the rest of the debt.

The chapter 13 debt caps adjust every three years to reflect changes in the economy based upon the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, published by the Department of Labor. 11 U.S.C. §104(a).

About Jill Michaux

Jill Michaux is a Kansas bankruptcy attorney. She can be found on Google+. She and her partner, Mark Neis, are Topeka's only board certified consumer bankruptcy law specialists.