Will Everyone Know I filed for Bankruptcy?
No. While bankruptcy is public record, someone would have to know where to look to find this record. Bankruptcy allows you to get rid of certain debts without ever having to pay for them. This means only creditors and people you tell will ever know you filed for bankruptcy. Keep in mind that a creditor can be someone who you do not owe past debt to (i.e., you are current on your obligation, such as child support or rent). An ongoing, but current, obligation to pay someone makes them a creditor and all creditors must be notified of your bankruptcy filing.