University of Baltimore Law Review


"It is the underlying policy of the Bankruptcy Act to give the bankrupt a fresh start and to relieve him of pre-existing debts. In many instances the determination of what is alimony, [maintenance, and support] comes into direct conflict with this policy." Under the Act these debts are nondischargeable. Thus, in an attempt to construe the Act narrowly and uphold the underlying policy of fresh start, courts are faced with the problem of determining how to characterize marital obligations.

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