My chapter 13 payments fell behind because of Hurricane Harvey. Will the bankruptcy court give me any relief?

Yes. If you are currently in chapter 13 bankruptcy in the Corpus Christi, Galveston, Houston, or Victoria areas and were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the bankruptcy court has issued a Fourth General Order which may help you.  

It gives chapter 13 trustees discretion to not file motions to dismiss for non-payment through November 1, 2017 in the Corpus Christi, Galveston, Houston, and Victoria Divisions. The bankruptcy court discourages motions to suspend or put a moratorium on payments, but if someone has gotten behind on payments during the period of August 28 through October 31, 2017, the court encourages the filing of motions to modify plans to catch up the delinquent payments. This could increase the amount of your plan payments.

The court states that it will consider emergency motions to suspend wage orders, but debtors must maintain their chapter 13 payments if they are able to do so. 

Finally, default provisions in agreed orders that require that debtors make all payments due to the chapter 13 trustee after the date of this order, are modified. If the failure to make a payment to the chapter 13 trustee is due to Hurricane Harvey's substantial and adverse effect on a debtor, missed payments for the period from August 28, 2017 through October 31, 2017 will be a default only if the Court determines that it is, after notice and hearing.

J Thomas Black
Board Certified, Consumer Bankruptcy Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization