In many cases, yes. If you were sued for your credit card or medical debt, and your wages are being garnished as a result of this lawsuit, then bankruptcy can stop wage garnishment. The same may apply to older tax debts.
Written by Attorney Andrea Wimmer.
Updated July 22, 2020
Yes! The automatic stay that goes into effect when a bankruptcy case is first filed stops a garnishment. The garnishing creditor has a duty to make sure none of your future paychecks get garnished ever again. Find out the best steps to stop a wage garnishment after a bankruptcy filing here. The only exception to this broad rule deals with domestic support obligations. If your wages are getting garnished to pay for current or past due child support, that garnishment may continue.