(Bankr. W.D. Ky. Nov. 24, 2014)
The bankruptcy court denies the chapter 7 debtor’s motion seeking an order declaring a student loan debt dischargeable. The court applies the three-part Brunner test and determines that excepting the student loan debt from discharge would not cause an undue hardship. The debtor could not show inability to maintain a minimal standard of living while repaying the loan, as he was paying private school tuition for his children and had an average monthly telephone/cable bill of $600 per month. The debtor also could not show that his future income was not likely to improve, as he had just started a law practice and did not establish that he had otherwise made significant efforts at finding employment. Finally, the debtor’s repayment history showed lack of a good faith effort to repay the loan. Thus, the debt remains nondischargeable. Opinion below.