Filing for bankruptcy is a big step for most people, one that comes with rights as well as responsibilities. Typically, a personal bankruptcy case, Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, will proceed without a hitch and the filer will obtain a fresh financial start at the end of the process. However, it is possible in some instances for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case to be dismissed by the court. Since most filers will likely want to avoid this type of scenario, it can be beneficial to learn the basics of how a case could be potentially dismissed.
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or strait bankruptcy, case can only be dismissed after notice, a hearing and "for cause." This means that the situation must fit one of the following conditions: the debtor has not paid the fees or charges required by the U.S. code, the filer has caused unreasonable delay that is deemed prejudicial to the filer's creditors, or if the debtor fails to file certain information before key deadlines.