Can I Refile If My Bankruptcy Case Was Dismissed?

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Dealing with the complexities of bankruptcy can be a challenging journey, and the dismissal of your bankruptcy case can significantly increase the complexity of your situation. If your bankruptcy case has been dismissed, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about the next steps to take. In this guide, we aim to outline the available options for you and offer insightful advice on how to move forward after the dismissal of your bankruptcy case.

Understanding Discharge and Refiling

When a bankruptcy case is dismissed, it signifies that the court has terminated the proceedings without granting you a discharge of your debts. The discharge is a crucial aspect of bankruptcy, as it provides you with relief from certain debts. However, if your case was dismissed before you received this discharge, you may still have the opportunity to refile.

Exploring Refiling Options

The ability to refile your bankruptcy case hinges on various factors, primarily whether you received a discharge in your previous case. If you successfully completed your previous case and received a discharge, there may be waiting periods imposed before you can file a new case. However, if your case was dismissed before you obtained a discharge, which is not uncommon in Chapter 13 cases, you typically have the option to refile immediately.

Navigating Court-Ordered Waiting Periods

In certain circumstances, the court may institute waiting periods before allowing you to refile after a dismissal. These waiting periods are usually put in place when someone has filed multiple cases within a short timeframe. While court-ordered waiting periods are relatively rare, they can present additional hurdles for individuals seeking to refile their bankruptcy cases promptly.

Practical Steps to Take

If your bankruptcy case has been dismissed, it’s essential to take proactive steps to address the situation effectively:

  1. Review Dismissal Reasons: Take the time to understand the reasons behind the dismissal of your case. Identifying any underlying issues can help you avoid similar pitfalls in the future.
  2. Seek Legal Guidance: Consulting with a knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney is crucial in navigating the complexities of the bankruptcy process. An attorney can offer tailored advice and guidance based on your unique circumstances.
  3. Address Court Orders: If the court issued specific orders or requirements before allowing you to refile, ensure that you comply with them diligently. Failing to fulfill court-mandated obligations can further delay the re-filing process.
  4. Organize Financial Documentation: Gather all relevant financial documents and information required for the re-filing process. Having these documents prepared in advance can streamline the process and expedite your case.


If your bankruptcy case was dismissed, it’s essential to approach the situation with a clear understanding of your options and a proactive mindset. Whether you’re considering re-filing immediately or navigating potential waiting periods, seeking professional guidance and support can make all the difference in achieving a positive outcome.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for personalized assistance and expert advice tailored to your specific circumstances. We’re here to help you navigate the challenges and uncertainties of a dismissed bankruptcy case with confidence and clarity.

If you would like more information, contact us at 913-422-0909 or visit our website at At W M LAW, we are “Here to Help”.

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Jeffrey L. Wagoner


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