Legal Question in Credit and Debt Law in Virginia

How much can Virginia legally garnish for bad debt?

Asked on 1/04/12, 5:11 pm

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Michael E. Hendrickson Attorney & Counsellor at Law

Normally, 25% of net salary of a weekly paycheck after all mandatory deductions but in cases where the debt is based upon any unpaid support order, state or federal tax owed or a Chapter X111 Bankruptcy Court order, it

can range as high as 65% of net salary if 12 or more weeks of arrearages have accrued in cases where periodic payments are due and remain unpaid. ( See Va. Code Sec. 34-29 b.)

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Answered on 1/04/12, 8:34 pm

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