Debt following a divorce can mount up fast. People may find supporting a household on one income is tough when they’re used to a spouse sharing this responsibility. Add in child support and alimony, and some Colorado parents may find themselves facing a heavy financial burden. When this happens, it’s easy to get behind on child support and alimony. Non-custodial parents who get behind in these last two items could end up back in court or, even worse, be sentenced to jail, further exacerbating their financial issues.

Some people who are in this position may see bankruptcy as the answer to their problems. While it may relieve the burden of other debt, child support and alimony cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy. These are legal obligations ordered by the courts.

That doesn’t mean a bankruptcy can’t help debt-ridden non-custodial parents, however. It can free up money for making child support and alimony payments. Bankruptcy could be worth if it keeps non-custodial parents out of jail or from having their driver’s license suspended or a lien put against their house, or paying fines that make the financial picture look darker.

Less than half the custodial parents in the United States receive their court-ordered child support payments. Parents who aren’t receiving timely child support payments may want to consult with a family law attorney who may be able to advise on possible legal action to take. Likewise, debt-ridden non-custodial parents may want to also consult with a family law attorney about getting child support orders modified.