Does My Child Support Obligation Effect My Settlement?

Portner & Shure Law Firm Serving Maryland, Virginia & Washington D.C.

The answer to this question is no.

You can protect about seventy five percent of the permanency award or full and final settlement. The balance of the award or settlement may be subject to a garnishment for a child support arrearage only. 

In some cases, you can file a motion to have the remaining 25% exempted. But that motion must be filed with the Circuit Court that issued the child support garnishment within 30 days of the date that it was issued or you will not be able to file for the exemption. As a result, all of the award or settlement will be subject to seizure for child support.  If there is no arrearage, however, there is no lien.