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Mississippi Garnishment: What you need to know

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.
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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.
Family support may include spousal support, child support, and health insurance. If the court or agency order calls for family support withholding, the order for withholding will be sent to the employer with instructions for withholding a certain amount of salary from each paycheck. The order for withholding will also include an amount that is used to defray the state's administrative costs associated with receiving and distributing support payments. The employer must deduct the amount designated in the order beginning with the next paycheck due to the employee after 14 days following service of the order and notice. The employer must pay the amount withheld to the Central Receiving and Disbursement Unit (CRDU) within 7 days of the date the employee is paid, and the CRDU then forwards the payment to the parental creditor. Each payment remitted must include the noncustodial parent's name, Social Security number, amount withheld, and employer name. The order stays in effect until further notice from ...

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