Can bankruptcy stop a wage garnishment?

Yes. Many consumers mistakenly believe that they have no rights once their wages are garnished.  Even if a garnishment has already started, you can stop it with a bankruptcy and in some cases you may be able to recover a portion of the wages already garnished.  In addition, under most state laws, there are limitations on how much your wages can be garnished.  In West Virginia, if your wages are below a certain level, you may be able to stop a garnishment by filing an Affidavit of Exemption with the Court.