It's not uncommon to turn to friends and family for help during a difficult financial time. You cannot prefer your friends and relatives over other creditors if you end up filing a bankruptcy case. The bankruptcy code sees it as unfair discrimination known as a "preference" against your other creditors.
Please seek the advice of our Miller & Miller bankruptcy lawyers if you are considering filing for bankruptcy and you owe money to friends or family members. We have seen numerous cases where the Trustee has sued a sibling or parent to recover the money that was repaid.