West Virgina Woman Files for Bankruptcy Amidst Custody Dispute
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West Virgina women files for bankruptcy amidst custody dispute


May 03, 2011

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A West Virginia woman claims she is unable to pay her creditors because she has no income.

A West Virginia woman seeking joint custody of her ex-boyfriend's daughter may not be able to get her wish, as she has admitted to having no income and recently filed for Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy, according to the West Virginia Record.

The woman, Brooke Ballard, said in her bankruptcy petition that she has $28,500 in assets and $209,736.05 in liabilities, reported the newspaper. Ballard's largest asset listed is a 2008 Volvo valued at $21,750, which she purchased with a loan from her largest creditor, Chase Bank. Ballard owes Chase $33,000.

The paper reported that aside from about $64,354 in student loan debt, Ballard owes approximately $114,381 to creditors. A large portion of the debt apparently resulted from lines of credit awarded to her ex-boyfriend, Donald Ray Carter II, who used it to fund his business Carter Sales and Service in Hurricane. Carter, as well as the company, are listed as co-debtors in Ballard's position, reported the source.

On March 8, a family law judge awarded Ballard joint custody of Carter's daughter. However, the source said Carter filed a writ a week earlier claiming the judge lacked jurisdiction to hear the case. The case has now been sealed by another judge.

According to CreditCards.com, more than 6,000 West Virginia residents filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Of that number, 89 percent filed for Chapter 7, while the rest submitted Chapter 13 petitions.

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