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Can child support garnish a spouse's wages?
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Can child support garnish a spouse's wages?

I was watching something on tv and it sparked a question. Can child support really garnish a spouse's wages if the person who is paying is behind? That's horrible. So, the spouse could basically be held responsible for payments if the actual parent is behind? Is there a website that would explain topics of this matter?







Pandora
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Yes, in CA the income of the spouse is considered their income as well. Once a person marries the income is considered joint and child support can be garnished from that income. Why exactly is that horrible? I wouldn't want a spouse of mine neglecting their child, or disobeying a court order.


Dunkelrabe
It all depends on the federal, state, and local laws. As far as I am aware, correct me if I am wrong, the Federal system has left this issue to be determined by the state. Due to the fact that there are so many factors to be taken into consideration. As far as garnishing wages, depending on your local law, more then likely yes. State of California can track via your social security number (SSN) with your taxes/income and if you have been delinquent in your payments for whatever reason, it will rack up the amount due. So if you are for example, un employed, and you owe 4 months of C.S. then there will basically be a 'flag' showing that you owe this much and once you are receiving an income again, you will be garnished again. Also, depending on the court ruling if you are late, you can end up paying back beyond the year it usually ends (usually age 18). So, definitely keep track of it, and always have a paper hard copy of the payments.


joek
absolutely and your tax refund







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