Garnishment Statute Form. This is a Virginia form and can be use in District Court Statewide.
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GARNISHMENT STATUTE § 34-29. Maximum portion of disposable earnings subject to garnishment. (a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and (b1), the maximum part of the aggregate disposable earnings of an individual for any workweek which is subjected to garnishment may not exceed the lesser of the following amounts: (1) Twenty-five per centum of his disposable earnings for that week, or (2) The amount by which his disposable earnings for that week exceed 40 times the federal minimum hourly wage prescribed by § 206(a)(1) of Title 29 of the United States Code in effect that the time earnings are payable. In the case of earnings of any pay period other than a week, the State Commissioner of Labor and Industry shall by regulation prescribe a multiple of the federal minimum hourly wage equivalent in effect to that set forth in this section. (b) The restrictions of subsection (a) do not apply in the case of (1) Any order for the support of any person issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or in accordance with an administrative procedure established by State law, which affords substantial due process, and which is subject to judicial review. (2) Any order of any court of bankruptcy under Chapter XIII of the Bankruptcy Act (3) Any debt due for any State or federal tax (b1) The maximum part of the aggregate disposable earnings of an individual for any workweek which is subject to garnishment to enforce any order for the support of any person shall not exceed: (1) Sixty per centum of such individual’s disposable earnings for that week; or (2) If such individual is supporting a spouse or dependent child other than the spouse or child with respect to whose support such order was issued, 50 per centum of such individual’s disposable earnings for that week. The 50 per centum specified in clause (b1)(2) shall be 55 per centum and the 60 per centum specified in clause (b1)(1) shall be sixty five per centum if an to the extent that such earnings are subject to garnishment to enforce an order for support for a period which is more than twelve weeks prior to the beginning of such workweek. (c) No court of the State and no State agency or officer may make, execute or enforce any order or process in violation of this section. The exemptions allowed herein shall be granted to any person so entitled without any further proceedings. (d) For the purposes of this section (1) The term “earnings” means compensation paid or payable for personal services, whether denominated as wages, salary, commission, bonus, payments to an independent contractor, or otherwise, and includes periodic payments pursuant to a pension or retirement program. (2) The term “disposable earnings” means that part of the earnings of any individual remaining after the deduction from those earnings of any amounts required by law to be withheld, and (3) The term “garnishment means any legal or equitable procedure through which the earnings of any individual are required to be withheld for payment of any debt. (e) Every assignment, sale, transfer, pledge or mortgage of the wages or salary of an individual which is exempted by this section, to the extent of the exemption provided by this section, shall be void and unenforceable by any process of law. (f) No employer may discharge any employee by reason of the fact that his earnings have been subjected to garnishment for any one indebtedness. DC-451(a) (MASTER) REVISED 7/05 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkflow.com