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Can my disability benefits be garnished for unpaid fines?

I unfortunately have been informed by a collection center for a city court of a very old judgement that I owe money for to the court. I can't pay it all at once like they requested and I am afraid they may try to Garnish it from my SSDI Benefits. Is a City or County Court able to Garnish my Disability benefits for old unpaid fines?

I thank you for your time and any information you may have for me.

I am a former disability claims examiner and I have also experience in the area of claimant representation, so my area of functioning has to do with how decisions are made, how evidence is considered and evaluated, and how claims are handled.

That said, to the best of my knowledge, these are the following things that can be garnished from an individual's disability benefits:

1. Delinquent child support obligations.

2. Debts owed to the Federal government including IRS obligations (taxes) and delinquent student loans.

Debts owed to state or municipal governments should, as far I am aware, have no bearing on your disability benefits since that would essentially mean that states and local governments could exercise authority over the federal government.

To be the best of my knowledge, you most likely have nothing to be concerned about with regard to garnishment of your disability benefits.

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

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Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
How do you find out if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or even denied?
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
How much does Social Security Disability or SSI pay?
How does the Social Security Disability Review work?
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
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