Shane Howard (plaintiff) and Sondra Howard dissolved their marriage and under the divorce decree, Shane was required to pay, among other things, the couple’s car loan. In a separate proceeding, Shane was granted Chapter 7 bankruptcy, discharging his debts. Subsequently, Shane filed an action seeking to reduce his payments under the divorce decree, in part due to the bankruptcy. Sondra, who had been contacted by collection agencies on account of the outstanding car loan, filed a motion to have Shane held in contempt of court for failure to pay down the debt on the car. The trial court granted the motion and the court of appeals affirmed. Shane appealed on the grounds that his bankruptcy discharged car loan debt.