Your monthly payments below almost equal your net income; you have to make some drastic decisions on your expenses and increase your income if you don’t want to file bankruptcy. No choice there. $500 a month just isn’t enough money to cover groceries, gas, repairs, clothes and other unexpected expenses especially if you have a family.
I am not saying you can’t do it, you can; but it will take time and hard work, being dedicated to trimming excess, willing to work another job, etc.
Now, as far as bankruptcy is concerned, Chapter 7 is liquidation and there is no Chapter 14. Chapter 13 is reorganization. You don’t make the “choice” of filing which Chapter anymore; that was changed last fall and the median income of your State is in large part the determiner for which chapter you can file. If your income is below the median income for your state, you can choose to file 7 or 13; however, if it is above, then you will likely be forced into 13. Also, you have to take a finance/credit counseling class within 6 months prior to filing. Keep in mind, student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, no matter which chapter you file.
You can learn more about median income for your state here:
Expense standards for 48 contiguous states:
The first thing you have to deal with, believe it or not, is the depression … depression can make you physically ill and prevent you from working so this is the big thing for you right now. The most important thing in your life is your health and your family … are you married, can you discuss this with a spouse or significant other?
Being honest and upfront with your spouse, and they with you, is extremely important to resolving these issues and supporting each other will go a long way in resolving the depression.
Also this is what dave Ramsey says:
Remember, they (Creditors) can’t hurt you … they cannot physically hurt you … only you can do that to yourself if you let it happen … absolutely refuse to be depressed … there are solutions, from tightening your belt … ok breathing may be a tad hard for a while 😉 but you will breathe … to filing bankruptcy … to just not paying anything but the necessities (meaning no cc’s, no unsecured loans … just keeping a house over your head and related expenses).
Hope this helps some and do post back if you need more questions answered.