In a Chapter 7 case, once the case is filed we will attend a meeting with the court approximately 30-45 days after the case is filed and the debts will be discharged approximately 60 days later. Therefore, we can expect a total period of approximately four (4) months from filing date to discharge date.
In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, Congress requires that a plan payment continue anywhere from 36-60 months. Once the plan payments are complete, the court discharges debts approximately 60 days later. However, while you are in bankruptcy you will be protected by the stay (which prohibits creditors from collecting any debts).