Can a county garnish someone’s Social Security payments?

UPDATED: May 26, 2011

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Can a county garnish someone’s Social Security payments?

Can the county garnish my social security because my son was incarcerated as a juvenile?He was in children’s village and without my knowledge he was sent to crossroads for youth several times. Yesterday I got a huge bill for all this including lawyer fees. I live on social security can they garnish it?

Asked on May 26, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Michigan

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Generally, Social Security benefits are exempt from garnishment or other legal process unless it is for the collection of:

  • delinquent Federal taxes and;
  • back due child/spousal support.

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