Oksana Grigorieva It's Mel to the Rescue In Bankruptcy Case

3/5/2014 2:46 PM PST

Mel Gibson
may end up saving the woman who ruined him.

Oksana Grigorieva just filed docs in her bankruptcy case, claiming she can only afford $372 a month to repay her debts -- listed at $438,000 -- but at that rate, it will take her nearly a hundred years to make good.

So, Oksana is asking the court to clear the balance of her debts after 5 years -- when she'll only have repaid $22,320 ... or 5% of her total debt ... most of which she owes to the lawyers she employed in her war against Mel.

The funny part ... Mel is currently paying Oksana $20,000 a month in child support for their daughter Lucia -- so if she gets what she's asking for in the bankruptcy case, she could clear her debt in one fell swoop with a single child support check from her one time sugar daddy.

So the lawyers get screwed, Mel gets screwed and Oksana ... well, that's just what she does.