If one of your creditors gets a money judgment against—meaning, the creditor sued you for nonpayment of a debt and won—it can garnish your wages. With a wage garnishment, sometimes called a "wage attachment," your employer holds back some of your wages and gives them directly to the creditor. Some creditors, like the IRS, get special treatment and can garnish your wages without a court judgment.
Federal and state laws limit how much can be garnished. And, in some cases, you might be able to raise a valid objection to a wage garnishment order.
Below you'll find articles on wage garnishment, how it works, and how and for what reasons you can raise an objection. You can also find state-specific wage garnishment laws.
Here are the particular wage garnishment laws for your state.
Using Exemptions to Protect Your Wages From Garnishment
You may be able to protect some or all of your wages from garnishment with a state exemption.
Find out which creditors are allowed to get money directly from your paycheck -- called wage garnishment.
The Difference Between Income Deduction Orders & Wage Garnishment
Learn about the similarities and differences between income withholding orders and wage garnishment.
How to Object to a Wage Garnishment
Learn the basic procedures for challenging a wage garnishment.
What Is the Head of Household Exemption for Wage Garnishment?
If you provide economic support for your household, you may be able to protect more of your wages from garnishment than non-heads of household.
How Bankruptcy Can Stop Wage Garnishments
If a creditor is garnishing your wages, you may be able to stop the garnishment and even get some of your garnished wages back by filing bankruptcy.
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My wages are being garnished and I can no longer afford food. What can I do?
Find out if you can reduce or eliminate a wage garnishment if it leaves you unable to pay for food for you and your family.
Can Credit Card Companies Garnish My Wages?
A credit card companies can garnish your wages if it gets a judgment against you. Learn how to avoid this.
Can my mortgage company garnish my wages after foreclosure?
If you still owe money after the foreclosure of your home, can the lender garnish your wages to get the rest?
What's the difference between a garnishment and a levy?
Wage garnishments and bank levies are different -- learn about them and which creditors are more likely to use each type of collection action.
When will the creditor stop garnishing my wages?
If your wages are being garnished, find out when the garnishment will end.
Can the IRS garnish my wages for taxes?
If you owe taxes to the IRS, it can garnish your wages to collect. But there are payment options for you to avoid garnishment.
Can a judgment creditor garnish private disability payments?
Many states protect your private disability income from creditors and federal law offers some protection too.
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