There is a common myth that is out there that people think that they make too much money to file a chapter 7 bankruptcy. This comes from the means testing requirement that was added to the bankruptcy laws in 2005 that scrutinizes your cash flow if your gross household income is over the state median for your family size.  Well, here in southern New Jersey, that is seldom the case.

What Are the Median Incomes in NJ?

These medians change periodically, but as of right now they are as follows:

One person
$68,464
Two people
$82,249
Three people
$104,752
Four people
$128,994
Each person over 4
$9,000
 

If means testing shows that you make less than that per year, you are fine.  If it shows you make more, then further analysis is done regarding expenses.

Means testing is a complicated process. Do not assume, based on your own calculations from the information presented here that you do not qualify for a chapter 7.  Most South Jerseyans can file a chapter 7 with no problem and no means test complications.

So What Do I Do?

If you live in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem or Cumberland County, are considering filing bankruptcy, and are ready to take action to file, call my office at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site for a free consultation to discuss your case.

If you are looking for more information about bankruptcy, then download my free book,Top Questions People Ask About Filing Bankruptcy in New Jersey.

Not sure if bankruptcy is right for you? Take the quiz to the right to find out more!

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