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How much of my earnings can be garnished for failure to pay child support or alimony?

Maryland law follows the Federal Consumer Credit Protection Act. This Act allows more of your earnings to be taken for child support or alimony than for ordinary debts.  For ordinary debts, the maximum that could be garnished would be approximately 20 to 25 percent of your earnings. For child support or alimony, the maximum that can be taken out of your check is either 50 or 60 percent, depending on whether you are in arrears and if you have another spouse or child to support:

  • If you do not have another spouse or child to support, up to 60 percent of your after-tax earnings can be garnished, or 65 percent if you are more than 12 weeks behind when the earnings withholding order is issued.
  • If you are supporting another spouse or child, the court can order 50 per cent of your earnings garnished, or 55 per cent if you are more than 12 weeks behind.

Read the Law: 15 U.S.C. § 1673 ; Md. Code Family Law § 10-122  

In Maryland, your employer is allowed to deduct an additional $2 for each deduction s/he is required to make under an earnings withholding order or earnings withholding notice.

Read the Law: Md. Code Family Law § 10-128(a)(2)(iii)

What other sources of income can be taken if I don’t make child support payments?

If you fail to make child support or alimony payments, Maryland law allows the person you owe to ask the court for an earnings withholding order, which will take the payments you owe out of your paycheck, some pensions, unemployment benefits, Social Security or worker’s compensation payments.

Read the Law: Md. Code Family Law §10-101


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