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Common questions about wage garnishment

If you have been avoiding paying certain debts in the state of Washington, you may be concerned about becoming subject to wage garnishment provisions. Many people have misconceptions about wage garnishment, and as a result, they imagine that they will be left without any salary at all, even after they have completed honest work.

If you are at risk of being subject to wage garnishment, it is important that you understand how the procedure works. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding wage garnishment in the state of Washington.

What does wage garnishment mean?

Wage garnishment occurs when a person has failed to pay their debts for a prolonged period of time. As a result, the debts owed are taken off a person's paycheck before they have access to it. Wage garnishment is only used for certain debts and in extreme circumstances.

What types of debts can be garnished in the state of Washington?

First, a court order must be made before a person can be subject to wage garnishment. Second, the types of debts that can be garnished typically include things such as unpaid taxes, unpaid alimony and unpaid child support.

Will you lose your job when your employer learns that your wages are being garnished?

There are legal protections in place for employees who are subject to wage garnishment. This means that they cannot be fired as a result of their employer learning this information.

If you are worried about wage garnishment in the state of Washington, it is important that you do what you can to pay back your debts.

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