HOW CHAPTER 13
The courts must charge a $235 case filing
fee and a $39 miscellaneous administrative fee. Normally the fees
must be paid to the clerk of the court upon filing. With the court’s
permission, however, they may be paid in installments. 28 U.S.C.
§ 1930(a); Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1006(b); Bankruptcy Court
Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, Item 8. The number of installments is
limited to four, and the debtor must make the final installment no
later than 120 days after filing the petition. Fed. R. Bankr. P.
1006(b). For cause shown, the court may extend the time of any
installment, as long as the last installment is paid no later than
180 days after filing the petition. Id. The debtor may also pay
the $39 administrative fee in installments. If a joint petition is
filed, only one filing fee and one administrative fee are charged.
Debtors should be aware that failure to pay these fees may result
in dismissal of the case. 11 U.S.C. § 1307(c)(2).