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Protecting Wages from Garnishment

Credit practices & Credit reports, Debt & Lending Money issues, Protecting Wages

Last updated on 08/23/2021 at 4:37 pm

This is general information about how you can protect some or all of your wages from being taken to pay a court judgment debt. For information about your particular case, you should talk to a lawyer.

This article focuses entirely on Wages. Judgment creditors can also try to collect by attaching money in your bank account or asking the sheriff to sell some of your personal property (like cars and furniture). Those are different from wage garnishment, and they have different protections for debtors. Legal Aid has a separate article to talk about those protections. Click here to see that different article.

What Is A “Wage Garnishment?”

Can A Wage Garnishment Take All Of My Wages?

What Is The Minimum Protected Amount?

What If My Wages Are More Than The Minimum Protected Amount?

Who Can Claim The Wage Garnishment Protections?

I’m Paid By Salary, Not By Hourly Wages. Are My Earnings Covered By The Wage Garnishment Protections?

I’m Paid Partly By Commission Or “Share of Profits.” Are Those Earnings Covered By The Wage Garnishment Protections?

What If I Have More than One Wage Garnishment Filed Against me?

Do I Have To File Some Papers With The Court To Get This Protection?

When Do I Find Out About A Wage Garnishment?

What Should I Do If The Garnishment Is Taking More Than Allowed?

Is There Anything I Can Do To Reduce or Stop The Garnishment?

When Does The Money From Garnishment Get Sent To The Creditor?

How Long Are My Wages Exempted?