Can a NJ divorce judgement garnish wages in PA?

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Can a NJ divorce judgement garnish wages in PA?

I will soon have a judgement against me in my divorce case filed in New Jersey.
The ordered payment is too much for me to handle and the judge will not lower the
payment and has stated he will put into a judgement against me. I live and work
in PA. Can that judgement garnish my wages parallel to my child support also
being garnished? If so, is there a maximum percent of gross/net income allowed?

Asked on July 18, 2019 under Family Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

1) Yes, every state will enforce every other state's judgments, including those from a divorce, and will do so by garnishment if the state allows wage garnishment. PA does allow it for alimony, child support, and taxes, so your wages can be garnished in PA. There are some extra procedural steps that have to be taken to have a NJ jugment enforced in PA--it does not happen automatically--but it is possible.
2) A total of 25% of your wages can be garnished in PA (i.e. a total of 25% for all garnishment) unless you are below the federal poverty line--if you, there is no garnishment.


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