A garnishment is a court or agency order to an employer (the garnishee) to withhold a sum of money from an employee's earnings for payment of a debt. The state of Mississippi draws a distinction between garnishments for support obligations and garnishments for all other debts.
There are numerous state and federal provisions pertaining to garnishment. Where state laws are more restrictive than federal law (i.e., by protecting a greater amount of salary from garnishment), state laws will govern. Specific state laws include MS Code Sec. 93-11-101et seq. concerning garnishment for support, and MS Code Sec. 11-35-1 et seq. concerning garnishments for other kinds of debts.