Bankruptcy is in the Constitution

The United States Constitution states: “[The Congress shall have Power] to establish . . . uniform laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States.”  The Framers of the Constitution wanted to make sure there would be a uniform bankruptcy system so that one State would not put someone in debtor’s  prison for a debt that was discharged in another State.  While we don’t have debtor’s prisons anymore, a high load of debt can certainly feel like you are not free to move forward with your life.  If your debt feels like it is getting out of control it would be wise to consult with an experienced bankruptcy attorney to get advice on whether filing bankruptcy can help you.