i recently got an judgement against me personally from an credit card company.. since this is an debt i incurs myself , can they come after my wife's for wage garnishment, she is not any part of being name on the lawsuit nor consignor on my credit card , i had my credit card long before i had her ...
i am getting conflict of opinion below ,, is there more attorney can give me more inside on this issue..
The judgment creditor cannot garnish your wife's wages. However, in enforcing the judgment, the judgment creditor can record an Abstract of Judgment which places a real property lien on any real property you co-own with your wife. The judgment creditor can also levy on any bank accounts that you jointly own.
Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
I agree with Mr. Chen about the abstract on real property and attaching joint bank accounts. However, the debt collector may amend the complaint to add your wife, if they determine that she can be held liable, as this may be a community debt (debt incurred during marriage that benefits the community). That happens from time to time, though it is not common.
If you were not properly served, you have the right to set aside the default. Please see my blog, below, on setting aside default judgments. My web site also reviews your options regarding a debt collection lawsuit.
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Debt Collection Attorney
The debt collector can file a motion to have your wife's wages garnished immediately. The community is liable for the debt and your wife's wages are now part of the community property.
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