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Does a company have a right to garnish money from a checking account without prior notice?

Lexington, KY |

We found out today that our checking account has been garnished. There was 1300 dollars in there and $600 of that was child support money. Do they have a right to do this without notifying us and do they have a right to take child support money? Thanks

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in most jurisdictions the only way to obtain a garnishment is after first having a judgement. once there is a judgement they do not give notice that they are going to execute against a bank account. there are exemptions available in every jurisdiction. you should contact a local attorney or the court clerk to find out how you can claim the exemption.

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Generally, they need to have a judgment against you before they can start garnishing your bank account. Even with a judgment, they need to send you a notice of garnishment and allow you a chance to challenge the garnishment. I would go to the court and find out if you can still challenge the garnishment.
Also, it's a good idea to contact a consumer attorney in your area for help. You can find a list of consumer attorneys on the NACA website:

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