A garnishment is a court order to an employer (the garnishee) to withhold a sum of money from an employee's wages for payment of a court- or agency-ordered debt. The employee may be called a debtor or obligor. Montana law draws a distinction between garnishments for support obligations and those for other debts.
Respond promptly. An employer that is served with a wage garnishment must respond promptly to the notice and any other court papers regarding garnishment. Employers that fail to respond to a notice, or in any way to ignore a garnishment, run the risk of being held personally liable for the entire judgment.
Disposable earnings defined. "Disposable earnings" in Montana is defined as gross wages after mandated deductions such as retirement and union dues.