When Illinois couples divorce, they should be aware that the family court's orders regarding property division may not always stand up in other courts. A case that was decided by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court demonstrates the limits of a family court's jurisdiction.
Two weeks after getting divorced, a man filed for bankruptcy. The judge in his divorce case had ordered him to pay his ex-wife $53,000 as a part of the property division. The judge had also ordered that he pay $1,300 per month in child support and further stated that the $53,000 would not be able to be discharged in a bankruptcy.