Individuals in California who are declaring bankruptcy may wonder if they can still pay a discharged debt. They may wish to pay a debt if they feel personally responsible for it. For example, it might be a personal debt to a friend or family member or to a local business.
It is possible to repay a discharged debt after bankruptcy even if the creditor has no legal means of pursing the payment. However, after bankruptcy, an individual is not obligated to pay any debts that were discharged. If a creditor persists in trying to collect, the individual can report this to the court. There may be a fine if the creditor violates the court injunction.