Can a creditor take my wages if I do not pay a debt?
It depends. If a creditor obtains a judgment against you, they can send a “writ of garnishment” to your employer to seize your wages. Your employer may be required to send up to 20% of your earnings to the creditor.
In Florida, if you provide at least half the support to a child or other dependent, you can file an exemption claim with the court to stop the wage garnishment (as head of the family). Below is a sample exemption form that a creditor must send you if they want to take your wages.
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