Can A Joint Bank Account Be Garnished If Only One Party Owes Support?

georgia divorce lawyerQuestion:

Can child support be garnished from a joint bank account even if a person is contributing to the account who is not paying child support?

I’m asking because my girlfriend and I share a bank account, but I do not want the child support agency taking any of her money that she is contributing if I am the one who owes child support to my ex-wife.


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Georgia child support laws where I am licensed to practice.

Child support enforcement agencies have many administrative collection procedures at their disposal, including garnishment of bank accounts.

In the event the state garnishes assets that are jointly owned, the party who is not under a child support order does have the ability to object to garnishment of his/her portion of said asset(s).

However, this can be a long, difficult, and/or tedious process. It would likely be in a third party’s best interest to maintain his/her assets (bank accounts) separate from the individual who has a child support obligation if that obligor is not current on his/her child support.

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Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with divorce lawyers for men in your jurisdiction.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Atlanta, Georgia Divorce Lawyer Amber R. Piotrowicz, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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2 comments on “Can A Joint Bank Account Be Garnished If Only One Party Owes Support?

    In a situation whereby you cannot have a joint account with your spouse because of child support as his account was placed on a hold and you have an upcoming green card interview in a couple of weeks,what is expected of you?

    Thank you

    Can child support take funds from my account joint that is and the money is not mines there money comes from veterans affairs

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