Where Can You File Bankruptcy?

It may seem like an obvious fact, but where you can file for bankruptcy depends on your principal residency or place of business for the past 180 days (28 USC Section 1408).  So if you are a resident in New Jersey for most of the past 180 days (more than 91 days), you normally can’t file for bankruptcy in Virginia.  If the bankruptcy petition is filed in the incorrect jurisdiction, the court will dismiss or transfer the case to the proper one.  Each state has at least one Federal district court which oversees a bankruptcy court.  Bankruptcy attorneys are not admitted to practice in all federal district courts.  They are admitted to practice in specific federal district courts.