In re Styers (Case No. 11-51057)

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Based on Debtor's failure to make direct monthly payments to Mortgagee, Mortgagee brought a motion to dismiss. Trustee objected and sought denial of the motion, arguing that Mortgagee instead should have filed a motion for relief from stay. Trustee further contended that Mortgagee filed the motion to dismiss in order to avoid having to pay the filing fee for a motion for relief from stay. Meanwhile, Trustee filed a motion in which she sought to include the mortgage payments in the plan. The Court found that Mortgagee properly had filed the motion to dismiss, because Debtor's failure to pay Mortgagee constituted material default by Debtor with respect to a term of the confirmed plan--cause for dismissal under 11 U.S.C. 1307. Accordingly, the Court also found that attorney for Mortgagee was entitled to attorney's fees for bringing the motion to dismiss.

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