Florida debtors who are head of household can exempt from creditor garnishment unlimited earnings. Questions frequently arise concerning what types of compensation are included in the statute’s definition of “earnings.”
Florida Statute 222.11 protect from garnishment wages and other compensation earned by a head of household, and it further exempts wages deposited in the debtor’s bank accounts. . A client asked me this week if workers’ compensation payments were exempt under the wage exemption statute.
Creditors cannot garnish wages of a debtor who is head of household in Florida. I am occasionally asked, as I was this week, whether someone who is facing a possible judgment from a court proceeding needs to file in the same court an affidavit that he his head of household…
Wages of a head of household cannot be garnished in Florida pursuant to a Florida statute. A caller stated that he agreed to sign a non-compete agreement with his current employer, and that under the agreement the employer was paying him an amount monthly in consideration for the non-compete.
Previous blog entries have discussed issues concerning wage exemption from garnishment for single owner businessmen or professionals. In short, there are cases in Florida that say that creditors can garnish wages paid to a person who is the sole owner of his employer.
Florida Statute 222.11 protects from garnishment salary of unlimited amounts earned by a head of family. The statute defines a “head of family” as someone who provides more than 50% of the support for a child or other dependent.