Wage garnishment is a common action courts take against people who owe taxes, child support and certain other debts. If you are a legally designated head of household, your income is often protected against wage garnishment. A head of household is someone who contributes 50 percent of more of a child or dependent's care.
Head of Household Garnishment
According to the NOLO legal website, states usually have one of three approaches to head of household garnishment. A few states make your income fully exempt, including Florida. Others, including Missouri, only allow creditors to garnish up to 10 percent of your income. The third approach is for the garnishment to leave you with enough funds to reasonably care for your family or dependents.
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