I have two child support garnishment cases that I am paying. One is in Texas, and the other is in California. The Texas case is for my seven-year-old and is an older case where I only pay past due child support. The combined orders exceed the maximum that can be garnished.
My understanding is that the Texas garnishment should be give priority. My employer will only comply with this, however, if I go back to California and get the support order there modified. That is, if a judge or commissioner would do this.
Currently, my employer's solution is to take the legal maximum out of my wages and split evenly between the two. I don't want to create an arrearage in Texas. If I pay the Texas support out of pocket, I'm left with less than 30% of disposable income.
Can I get my employer to handle this properly? What are my options here?