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Garnishment; Wage Attachment; Wage Assignment; Wage Execution

Term Definition Garnishment; Wage Attachment; Wage Assignment; Wage Execution - a support enforcement order to a third party, usually an employer, in which the support payment is automatically deducted from the supporter’s paycheck and conveyed to the spouse.
Application in Divorce This is an enforcement method of paying support.

Most jurisdictions come down strongly for support payments. Garnishment provides for the automatic collection of payments, and in some jurisdictions it is favored because it avoids late or missed payments. Because it is automatic, it tends to be easier on the garnishee and, at the same time, it prevents child support from becoming a weapon through nonpayment.

Garnishment of wages sometimes happens after a person establishes a history of missed or late payments.

Garnishment requires a writ of garnishment, which is a court order. Fourteenth Amendment due process protections apply.

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