What is the difference from Chapter 7 Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

A chapter 7 bankruptcy is where the Court determines you are completely insolvent--unable to pay for your debts. If you add all income and then subtract all living expenses, and you have a negative or a zero, then you are insolvent. A chapter 13 is a scheduled repayment over a three year period. If you do the same calculations as before but have a number greater than 0, you are required to enter into a payment schedule with the Federal Bankruptcy Court. Over the course of three years, you have to pay the set amount to the court and they divide it to your creditors. At the end of that three years, your debts are cleared, even if the debt to creditors is still outstanding. However, one huge risk to a Chapter 13 is that if you miss your monthly payments to the Court, the Court has the right to nullify your bankruptcy and reinstate all your debts.