A Chapter 13 bankruptcy case is a proceeding under federal law in which the debtor seeks relief under Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.  Chapter 13 is the Chapter of the Bankruptcy Code which allows a person to repay all or a portion of his or her debts under the supervision and protection of the bankruptcy court.  A person who files a Chapter 13 case is called a debtor.  In a Chapter 13 case, the debtor must submit to the court a plan for the repayment of all or a portion of his or her debts.  The plan must be approved by the court to become effective.  If the court approves the debtor’s plan, most creditors will be prohibited from collecting their claims from the debtor.  The debtor must make regular payments to a person called the Chapter 13 trustee, who collects the money paid by the debtor and disburses it to creditors in the manner called for in the plan.  Upon completion of the payments called for in the plan, the debtor is released from liability for the remainder of his or her dischargeable debts.