Bankruptcy Law Questions? Ask a Bankruptcy Lawyer.
1. You can file jointly as long as Wife is not here illegally.
2. Filing the bankruptcy should not hurt your position and may improve it. Whether a bankruptcy is filed or not, a debt problem clearly exists. At least if you file bankruptcy you are resolving the debt problem in a legal way.
I hope this was helpful. Good Luck.
if the wife is here illegally then that is a problem?
Yes. Especially if she is working. You have to identify employer and provide pay advices for the past 6 months. My recommendation would be to consider filing just for Husband.