With new Georgia law, garnishments resume in Gwinnett

Georgia’s new garnishment law, which offers more protections to people who owe money, goes into effect Thursday — eight months after a federal judge declared the previous law unconstitutional.

During those eight months, some garnishments were prohibited in Gwinnett County, where the suit was filed. Other counties also stopped accepting garnishment filings, at least temporarily, while they waited for the law to be changed.

The new law fixes a number of issues. But David Addleton, a Macon attorney whose clients are mostly elderly and disabled, said the new law doesn’t go as far as it should.

“It didn’t fix the real problem,” Addleton said.

To read more about how the new garnishment law changes things, click here.