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Ohio town may add new judge to handle garnishment cases

People end up in debt for many reasons. Most of them, such as bad investments or big purchases, happened because people tried to make life better for themselves and their families. Life can feel a lot worse when extreme debt leads to wage garnishment.

This process can take the guts out of paychecks and cause a chain reaction of financial issues for people who are already struggling with money. But there are also limits to how wage garnishment is allowed to affect income. Many states, including Ohio, limit garnishment to a certain percentage of a paycheck's total. A few ensure a flat amount to guarantee coverage for cost of living.

Wage garnishment needs to be approved by an appropriate court or jurisdiction before money can be taken out of income. This can be an expensive and time-consuming process for creditors. A suburb of Toledo, for example, is looking to add a magistrate to handle cases like these among other legal issues.

Garnishment cases may see an increased fee in the town to help subsidize the new court. "It's not just about economics, either," said a councilman with the town government. "It's about providing a better municipal court for the community."

People can fight unfair wage garnishment cases in courts that are authorized to handle them and change debtors' legal status. Repayment plans may also alleviate the pressures of garnishment. An attorney is often the best ally in the fight to keep your wages and get out from under debt. No one should have to deal with this problem on their own.

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