“The new bankruptcy laws are really not so new anymore since they were passed in 2005. But they are called the “new” laws to differentiate the current law from the bankruptcy law that was in effect prior to October 2005. Anyone who filed bankruptcy prior to 2005 is under the old law and the old law requirements. Since it takes years for some bankruptcies to be completed, such as a chapter 13 repayment plan, there are plenty of people still being monitored according to the old rules.
The new bankruptcy laws did make some important changes though. Many people feel the new laws primarily benefit creditors such as the credit card companies, because of the creation of the “means test”. The means test is used to measure your capability to pay something back to your creditors.