Yes! You can get back money that was garnished from your wages (if the debt is dischargeable) if you file bankruptcy. In Mississippi, you can only recover garnished wages were taken within 90 days of your filing for bankruptcy and the amount taken was more than $600. You are not entitled to recover everything that’s been garnished if you’ve been garnished more than 90 days before you file bankruptcy; just the 90 day portion they took right before you filed bankruptcy. ***Keep in mind that filing bankruptcy STOPS a garnishment the moment the case is filed!
Depending on which kind of bankruptcy case you file and the amount, the money may go back to you or it may go to the Trustee. But either way, it’s beneficial to you. How would it be beneficial for it to go to the Trustee? Keep reading. I’ll explain!
Example #1: You have been garnished for the past 2 months for a total of $800 and you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy tomorrow. The first two criteria are met (within 90 days and over $600) so you stand to regain all $800.
Example #2: You have been getting garnished for 6 months for a total of $1,500 and you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy tomorrow. You’re qualifying but only the portion taken within 90 days will be eligible – which lets say totals $700. The creditor is entitled to keep the other portion ($800).