You may file an earnings garnishment only after a Court Official has awarded you a money judgment. It is a way to collect the money that was awarded to you by having it taken from the person’s earnings, most commonly a paycheck. Earnings that can be garnished include compensation for personal services, including wages, salary, commission, bonuses, and periodic payments from a pension or retirement program.
Small claims earnings garnishments to recover judgments totaling $10,000 or less are typically filed in the county where the original judgment was entered. You may also file your garnishment in any county in which you have filed a transcript of the original judgment.
There are three parties to a garnishment lawsuit.
You may not have more than one garnishment running on a debtor per employer/garnishee. The garnishee may also only honor one garnishment at a time per debtor, although there may be other levies (deductions for support or unpaid state or federal taxes). If a garnishee receives more than one garnishment for a debtor, the first garnishment received takes priority. In other words, you may have to wait your turn.
Note: It is strongly recommended that you review the forms in the packet to get an understanding of the directions and options that the debtor and garnishee will have once you serve them with the documents. You may also refer to Chapter 812 of the Wisconsin Statutes for more information.
Below you will find basic instructions for handling your court matter and most of the forms you will need to get from the beginning to the end of the process. You have the option to:
If a form is listed but not linked to a PDF or Word document, you must obtain that form from the office in which your matter is being handled.
Please keep in mind that not all forms are due at the same time. Review the Instructions provided to determine in what order to complete each form and other tasks required.
Hint: ONLY COMPLETE THE TASKS IN THE ORDER THEY ARE LISTED - Read ahead, but do not work ahead.
|Earnings Garnishment Packet|
|Basic Guide to Wisconsin Small Claims Actions||Word|
|Basic Steps for Handling a Small Claims Earnings Garnishment||Word|
|Small Claims Service Packet|
|Basic Guide to Wisconsin Small Claims Actions||Word
|Basic Steps to Small Claims Service||Word
|Waukesha County Sheriff's Department FAQ's|
|SC-5100||Affidavit of Service (Eviction)|
|SC-5110||Affidavit of Service of SC-500 (Non-Eviction) Corporation or Limited Liability Company|
|SC-5120||Affidavit of Service of SC-500 (Non-Eviction) Individual/Sole Proprietorship/Partnership|
|SC-5160||Publication Notice and Summons|
|SC-5130||Affidavit of Mailing|