Maintenance, alimony and child support are all protected from discharge. Separation agreements and divorce decrees are covered by 11 U.S.C. Section 523 (a) (15). These debts cannot be discharged unless a debtor is not able to pay the debt from earnings or dissolution of the property for necessary maintenance. It also states that the debt cannot be discharged unless if it results in a benefit to the debtor which will outweigh the negative consequences to a spouse, ex-spouse or the children.