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Can my Stimulus Check be garnished if I am behind on Child Support?

Updated: Jun 24


In response to the economic downturn and the effects COVID-19 has had on businesses and employment nationwide, the federal government instituted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide citizens with emergency financial assistance to continue to pay for housing, food, and other essential needs.

On April 29, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan signed an Executive Order prohibiting the garnishment of CARES Act recovery rebates, stating that it is “…reasonable to prohibit certain garnishments, liens, and set-offs against the emergency financial assistance paid to Marylanders under the CARES Act…” However, Governor Hogan’s Executive Order contains one exception: It does not apply to any garnishment “…in connection with any action for, or judgment awarding child support.”

If you have a potential child support action you need pursued or you have an action filed against you and need assistance defending yourself, contact an experienced professional at Spencer & Stahl, P.C. at (410) 203-2223 to discuss your options and gain guidance on how to best proceed with your potential matter.


Posted written by Travis Hise