Q: I'm making payments to the state of Pennsylvania for back child support and consistently make those payments monthly.
I recently opened a bank account to save some money to try to get my own place to live and the account was seized. Is there anything I can do to get access to that money or is it gone for good?
A: As long as there are arrears, they can be enforced like a money judgment on steroids. Wages can be garnished, bank accounts levied, tax refunds intercepted, licenses can be suspended and assets could be attached. How much money did you have in the bank?
You need to see a family law attorney. There is a $300 exemption for money judgments which can be claimed if more than that was seized but I don't know if this would apply to child support (I don't know why it wouldn't but it would be better to get this confirmed). Was more than that seized here? Lesson here is not to have a bank account or other assets in your name until the arrearages are paid off.
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