In re Coleman

Ruling: 
Judicial lien avoided as impairing debtor's exemption except to the extent securing additional fee award that was a domestic support obligation.
Procedural posture: 
During child custody proceedings, a bankruptcy debtor was ordered by a state court to pay attorney fees to the debtor's former spouse, was subsequently assessed penalty interest for failing to pay the fees, and was thereafter ordered to pay additional fees to the spouse. The debtor moved to avoid the spouse's judicial lien based on the fee and interest awards as impairing the debtor's exemptions under 11 U.S.C.S. § 522.
Issue: 
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 16,2012, LexisNexis #0412-081