Smith v. Pritchett (In re Smith)

Ruling: 
Late payment penalties ordered by state court pursuant to debtor's separation agreement were not domestic support obligations and were dischargeable.
Procedural posture: 
A state court entered judgment against appellee debtor in the amount of $ 75,010, which represented late payment penalties. The debtor filed a proposed chapter 13 plan. Appellant ex-wife filed a proof of claim and an objection to confirmation. The debtor moved to avoid the ex-wife's lien. A bankruptcy court denied the motion. The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit (BAP) reversed the bankruptcy court's order. The ex-wife appealed.
Issue: 
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on November 06,2009, LexisNexis #1209-012