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Child support leads to most garnishments in Missouri

111539079_S.jpgAccording to a 2016 study conducted by the ADP Research Institute analyzing anonymous pay data of 12 million American workers, about 7 percent of American workers are having their wages garnished. When an employee's wages are garnished, a court orders an employer to automatically deduct money from the employee's wages in order to pay debt. Wage garnishments affect employees in certain industries and parts of the country more than others. Manufacturing workers in the Midwest have the highest rate of wage garnishment at about 26 percent.

The average yearly salary of employees who have their wages garnished is about $44,000 and most workers are middle-aged. Large companies have a higher percentage of employees who have wage garnishments with about 10 percent of employees being affected by wage garnishments versus about 7 percent for small companies.

The most common debt that results in wage garnishment is delinquent child support. Over 70 percent of workers who have their wages garnished are men, a significant majority of whom owe back child support. Notably, among men in the manufacturing sector in the Midwest, a staggering 26 percent of male workers aged 35 to 55 have their wages garnished, mostly due to child support obligations.

Wage garnishments have a devastating effect on affected employees, who often struggle to meet cover their other living expenses with the remaining portion of their salaries. Given the potential negative impact a wage garnishment could have on the noncustodial parent, people who are having difficulty paying their child support payments may want to consult a family law attorney. In some cases, an attorney may petition the court to modify the child support obligations to a manageable amount to avoid a wage garnishment.

Source: Marketwired, One in 14 U.S. Workers are Having Their Wages Garnished with Child Support and Student Loans as Leading Causes, According to New ADP Research", Meaghan Smith, Sept. 27, 2017

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