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Avoiding Wage Garnishment
If you’ve heard the term wage garnishment, you probably have imagined a zero balance in your bank account and a fast trip to the poorhouse. But do you know what a wage garnishment really is or how you can avoid one? Here’s what you need to know about avoiding wage garnishment:
What Is Wage Garnishment?
A wage garnishment is a legal process whereby the court orders your employer to withhold a portion of your earnings each pay period to pay off a debt. The law sets forth the maximum amounts that can be garnished, designate specific procedures concerning child support and alimony payments, and stipulate that it is illegal to fire an employee who requires wage garnishment. Why might you qualify for wage garnishment? Failure to pay federal fines or taxes, child support, and other obligations might make you eligible.
What Are Your Options?
Garnishment should be a last resort and occur only after you have exhausted all of your legal options. This is due to the widespread consequences of wage garnishment. Not only can they affect your credit record and ability to do things like take out a home loan or open a bank account, but they can affect your peace of mind, reputation and earning capacity. Personal loans are one option for evading wage garnishment. Others include aggressive negotiations with your creditors in order to stall or sidestep garnishment altogether. If you are having credit problems, seek the advice of an experienced credit counselor right away to go over all of your options. Doing so will help you stave off wage garnishment.
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