Garnishment of Wages Blog Series Part 2 of 3 – How to Stop a Wage Garnishment
In our last blog in this series we answered the question “what is a wage garnishment”. If you have been threatened with a garnishment of wages then you need to know that your employer is about to be notified about your defaulted debt. If your wages are already being garnished then your employer has already been made aware of your defaulted debt and you are likely feeling the financial hardship that accompanies wage garnishments. In this blog we will discuss how to stop a wage garnishment even if it is already in place.
The three most common wage garnishments are: court ordered wage garnishments that arise because of a defaulted debt to a creditor; a garnishment of wages from the government which does not require a court order for the government to impose; and finally, wage garnishments issued as a result of family responsibility. In this blog we will discuss wage garnishments that arise because of a debt to a creditor and government imposed wage garnishments, and how you can stop them.
When a garnishment of wages has been imposed, there are 3 common ways to stop it:
You get your creditor to agree to voluntarily remove the wage garnishment. This rarely works if you try to negotiate this on your own. If a creditor has pursued a garnishment of wages it is generally because they feel that they have been unsuccessful at negotiating a voluntary repayment arrangement with you. Once a garnishment is in place and they start to receive payments, there is very little you can say to them to convince them to lift it.
- You can pay off the debt. Likely this is not a possibility because if you could pay the debt in full, you would have done that already and wouldn’t be putting yourself through the stress of having your wages garnished.
- You can work with a financial professional who has access to programs and resources to push your creditor to accept a repayment arrangement that is acceptable to them and that you can live with.
Court ordered wage garnishments can be removed or reduced by going to the court and convincing a judge to give you relief. Pursuing this option can be expensive and time consuming and there are no guarantees. This is not an option in the case of a debt to the government because the government can garnish your wages without a court order.
When there is a debt owed to the government you have far fewer options. Going to the court for relief is not an option, as previously stated. Negotiating with the government once a wage garnishment is in place is often fruitless for the same reason that negotiating with a creditor is. Once the garnishment is in place and the government starts receiving their money, there is no incentive to them to remove the garnishment.
A garnishment of wages is almost always a symptom of a financial problem. Without the existence of a financial problem you would be paying your bills and would not have defaulted on your debt(s). If you want to know how to stop a wage garnishment you must first look at the state of your finances and start the process of coming up with a plan to deal with your financial problems.
There are programs available that can be deployed as effective negotiating tools that can stop a wage garnishment. These programs are available through financial professionals who know how to stop a wage garnishment. When you work with professionals who are skilled at stopping wage garnishments you are able to breathe a sigh of relief as they become your personal representatives, charged with a mandate to deal with your creditors on your behalf. They can also work with you on an overall financial plan to cure your financial problems and begin the process of rebuilding.
If you are facing a garnishment of wages and need help from a company that knows how to stop a wage garnishment, please contact DebtCare at 416-907-2582 or visit www.debtcare.ca.