Wage Garnishment

Wage Garnishment

A garnishment is a means of collecting a monetary judgment against a defendant by ordering a third party (the garnishee) to pay money, otherwise owed to the defendant, directly to the plaintiff.

Wage garnishment, the most common type of garnishment, is the process of deducting money from an employee’s monetary compensation (including salary) as a result of a court order. Such payments are limited by federal law in the United States to 25 percent of the disposable income that the employee earns.

Garnishments can be taken for any type of debt but common examples of debt that result in garnishments include child support, taxes, and any other type of money judgment.

Garnishments are taken as part of the payroll process. When processing payroll, sometimes there is not enough money in the employee’s net pay to satisfy all of the garnishments.

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