I went to court and made an agreement to pay a certain amount a week for child support and extra for arrears. Now that I am working I don't send a check to probation anymore but my wages are garnished now semi monthly. Will they automatically start garnishing more if I start making more money even though I have an agreement with the court for that certain amount?
I recently was paid a small commission of $156 which is paid on a different date than my salary, and $88 was garnished leaving me with $68. That's more than 60% of my commission check. Is that normal or will the amount be adjusted on my next paycheck?
If there is an agreed upon amount that you have to pay in child support, it should be the same amount that comes out of your paychecks. However, there are times when the child support amount is larger than the amount that an employer is permitted to remove from an employee's paycheck. Under these circumstances, it may be possible for money more to be taken out of your paycheck if you receive a raise or bonus.
This answer does not constitute the establishment of an attorney/client relationship nor is there any guarantee that this advice will be completely effective in a court of law. A consultation, including review of court orders and other documents is necessary in order for me to give you proper advice and guidance.
You can see a record of all your payments and determine whether or not you owe any arrears at njchildsupport.org. They should not be garnishing your commission check unless you owe arrears. If you have overpaid, talk to the probation officer on your case and do your best to get it resolved. It sounds like the amounts in question are less than the cost of getting an attorney involved.
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