If you and your spouse decide to get a divorce, it's important to know that both your assets and your debt are considered marital property. If you live in an equitable distribution state, you'll get your share of both depending on what is deemed fair, while a community property state will divide everything in half. When there is significant marital debt and you know you aren't going to be able to pay it back, some careful planning may help you if you decide to declare bankruptcy.
For some people, the worst part of bankruptcy is actually making the decision to file for it. But once that is done, you can heave a big sigh of relief—until you find out that you must also attend something called a "creditor's meeting." Being a bit disgruntled at this news is understandable; after all, who wants to meet with the people that you are including in your bankruptcy petition? Won't that be embarrassing?