Chapter 13(redirected from Chapter 13 of the 1978 Bankruptcy Act)
A form of bankruptcy in which a person or company reorganizes his/her/its debts so they are repaid over a period of three to five years. This form of bankruptcy is most commonly used if one continues to have significant income even though one's debts have become too burdensome. A disadvantage to Chapter 13 is the fact that one's debts are not discharged. However, Chapter 13 may allow one to maintain ownership of assets that would otherwise be liquidated. It is also called a wage earner plan. See also: Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Best interests of creditors test.