Domesitc Violence and Bankruptcy

Victims of domestic violence often go to great legnths to conceal their home addresses from their abusers. DV shelters never publish or publicly give out their physical addresses for just that reason.

But what if you are a victim of domestic violence but want to file bankruptcy? Bankruptcy filings are public record and are available to just about anyone willing to pay 10 cents a page. So what do you do when the petiiton asks for your physical address?

Normally, we will use a PO Box or my office address as the debtor’s “physical address”. We get the ok from the UST first just so everything goes smoothly. For the 341 meeting, meetings are held in the same building as the Bankruptcy Court so the US Marshals can be at the hearing just in case.

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