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Wage Garnishment: How It Works and What You Can Do
Wage garnishment happens when a court orders that your employer withhold a specific portion of your paycheck and send it directly to the creditor or person to whom you owe money, until your debt is resolved. Child support, consumer debts and student loans are common sources of wage garnishment. Your earnings will be garnished until the debt is paid off or otherwise resolved. You have legal rights, including caps on how much can be taken at once. And you can take steps to lessen the effect.