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In re Patterson

1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 33664 (1997)

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In re Patterson

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 33664 (1997)

Facts

Paul A. Patterson (defendant) filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Paul’s former wife, Janie M. Patterson (plaintiff) filed a complaint with the bankruptcy court for a determination that Paul’s obligation under their divorce decree was nondischargeable. In response, Paul argued that he was unable to pay the debt owed to Janie because the child-support obligations exceeded his income and because he had hurt his hand, which limited his ability to work. However, the bankruptcy court found that the obligations did not exceed Paul’s income and rejected the argument that Paul’s injury affected his work. The bankruptcy court also found that there would be an extreme detriment to Janie and the child if the debt was deemed dischargeable. Based on the bankruptcy court’s finding, the court held that the debt Paul owed to Janie was not dischargeable. Paul appealed. The district court affirmed. Paul appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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