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Is my employer liable for over 50% garnishment for child support?

Caliente, NV |

My employer has been taking out 65% of my paycheck to pay child support for almost one year now. Is it within my rights to sue them for the 15% that they have been taking out ?

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If they were served a garnishment order, they are bound to comply with that order. If they failed to comply with the order, they could be liable for damages they caused in failing to comply.


If you are SEVERELY delinquent in your child support obligations, you may have 65% garnished from your wages because child support is protected under a much higher standard than other outstanding judgments/orders. Typically garnishments are 25%; however, when it comes to child support it be between 50 and 65% depeding on the level of delinquency.

Please contact an attorney in order to see if you can reduce your child support obligation. My office number is 702-800-6525.


You cannot sue your employer, as your employer was simply following a court order served on them. For your withholding to be that high, you likely owed arrears and likely a high amount. You should be having your child support reviewed and possibly modified, especially if your income has changed by more than 20% since the last child support order was issued.

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