Bankruptcy and Your Family

December 22, 2009 by  Filed under: Bankruptcy 

We often think of the effects of bankruptcy in terms of financial and lifestyle changes. Its effects extend well beyond the financial, however: bankruptcy can be a very stressful experience, not just for those filing but for their families. By working with a lawyer, you can reduce the negative effects of bankruptcy on your family.

Although some people think of bankruptcy as an embarrassing experience, a “mark of shame,” in reality bankruptcy is something that can unexpectedly affect even the most ‘money smart’ individuals. The economy is more volatile than it has been in years, with more people filing than in years past. It provides a route for people who are struggling with heavy debt to negotiate a way out of their debts, rather than trying to tough it out as the situation gets worse.

Nonetheless, filing for bankruptcy does require temporary lifestyle changes. It may be necessary to create a strict budget or to give up certain luxuries you enjoyed before. This can be stressful for parents and children alike, but always remember that family matters more than creature comforts. Once your financial health is restored, however, you will find you appreciate those luxuries even more, and now have a restored sense of financial responsibility and self-determination.

Children can have their self-esteem affected by bankruptcy, in particular adolescents. Adolescents tend to be image-sensitive, which sometimes leads to them wanting to keep up with their friends with the latest fashions. In today’s economy, it can be difficult for many families to allow these expenses. But your children should remember that they are not alone. At a time when 1 in 8 Americans are on food stamps, we should all be thankful for each other.

The compassionate Boston bankruptcy lawyers of Joshua Spirn & Associates understand that we are all facing challenging economic times. With their help, you can clear your debts and restore your credit. To discuss your case with a lawyer, contact the Boston bankruptcy lawyers of Joshua Spirn & Associates today.

Joseph Devine

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