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If you have not filed chapter 7 in the 8 years prior to filing the 13, then you may be able to convert to chapter 7. If you have had a change of circumstances, and you can no longer afford your monthly bills as well as the chapter 13 payments, you may be a good candidate.
Be careful though, for the reason you filed chapter 13 may come to issue if it was for protecting unexempt assets (equity in home, car paid for, other valuable asset), lots of non-dischargeable debt, curing mortgage or automobile payment arrears etc. Talk to your lawyer to make sure none of these are issues on the conversion.
When you convert (or just file a new 7), the trustee can liquidate any unexempt assets, so have your attorney review the list for you.
If you are paying a house or car thru the ch13 plan, you may need to catch up as the plan payments don't necessarily pay the regular contractual payment that would have been due, and you may need to catch up on your own.
if you have had a prior 7 in the 8 years before the ch13 filing, you cannot convert. If 8 years has since passed in total, you should dismiss the 13, then file a new chapter 7 in that case.
Hope that gives you some clarification. THanks for your questions, good luck.
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