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Is unpaid child support treated differently from other types of debt for purposes of wage garnishment in Minnesota?

Yes, a child support debt is treated differently from other types of debt when it comes to garnishing wages in Minnesota. For example, worker’s compensation benefits and unemployment insurance payments may be garnished to satisfy unpaid child support obligations, but may not be garnished to satisfy credit card debt. Veteran’s benefits, social security benefits, and other types of income that are not subject to garnishment by commercial creditors may also be used to satisfy child support payments.

Additionally, a greater percentage of a person’s wages may be used to satisfy child support debts than credit card and other consumer debts.

Of course, you want your children to be taken care of, and you are doing everything you can to pay child support and support your own household. Wage garnishment in Minnesota may not be the answer for you or for your children.

Instead, a Minneapolis bankruptcy lawyer can discuss your legal and financial options with you and help you make the decisions that are in the best interest of your family. A bankruptcy, for example, could help you satisfy other debts and have enough money to pay your child support obligations. Other options may also exist that reduce stress and help your family.

For more information about your options, please contact an experienced Minnesota wage garnishment lawyer by filling out our online contact form or calling 952.388.2942 or 800.619.8991 today for a free consultation.