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Filing Fee Installment Payments

If you cannot pay the filing fees in full at the time of filing, you may submit with your petition an Individual Debtor’s Application to Pay Filing Fees in Installments (LBF 110).

If an application to pay filing fees in Installments is granted, you may not pay an attorney or petition preparer any further money for services rendered until all of the filing fees are paid in full.

Please note that your case may be dismissed if any installment payment is not received by the court on or before the due date.

The court may waive the filing fee for an individual Chapter 7 debtor if his or her income is less than 150% of the official poverty line applicable to a family of the size involved, and is unable to pay that fee in installments. If you feel that a filing fee waiver is warranted, you must file with your petition a fully completed Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived (Official Form 103B). If the court denies your application for a filing fee waiver, the judge will normally enter an order requiring the payment of the filing fee in installments. In that case, failure to make the installment payments on or before their due dates may result in the dismissal of the bankruptcy case.