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Can They Garnish My Wages When I Work in PA But Live in NJ? – Greg

“Dear Steve,

I have wage garnishment for alimony about a 1/4 of my disposable income. I live in New Jersey but work in Pa.

I know there are limits that can be garnishment ;must my garnishment for alimony be accounted towards that limit. Can I be garnish for debts since I work in Pa and pa does not permitted wage garnishment for debts?


Dear Greg,

According to my internet research: (AKA Google)

WAGE GARNISHMENT EXEMPTION: Garnishment may not exceed 10% of gross salary. Monies may not be withheld if disposable weekly earnings are less than $154.50 per week or $309.00.00 every 2 weeks.

But it does appear that if your remaining income is 2.5 times the poverty level they can take up to 25% of your income.

The bottom line is that you really need to speak to a New Jersey attorney for a definitive legal answer. I’m not a lawyer and can’t give you legal advice.

Please update me on your progress by posting updates here in the comments section of your question. I’m very interested in how this works out for you.


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