A garnishment is an order of a court to an employer (the garnishee) to withhold a sum of money from an employee's earnings for payment of a debt. The state of Michigan draws a distinction between garnishments for support obligations and garnishments for other kinds of debts. A wage garnishment in Michigan no longer expires after 6 months; it continues until it is paid off. This diminishes the administrative burden placed on employers.
There are numerous state and federal laws pertaining to garnishment. Where state law is more restrictive than federal law (i.e., by protecting a greater amount of salary from garnishment), then state law will govern.
“Periodic payments” are wages, salary, commissions, and other earnings, land contract payments, rent, and other periodic debt or contract payments that are or become payable during the effective period of the writ of garnishment.