You must wait 21 days
after the judgment was signed before you can get a garnishment
Form MC 12 or MC 13 are used and the forms may be purchased at
the Court for $1.00. Filing fees for garnishments are
$15.00. There are two types of garnishments: 1.) periodic
and 2.) non-periodic.
writ of garnishment (MC 12) is used to garnish the defendant's
wages, rent payments, land contract payments, or other income
which is paid to the defendant on a periodic basis. A
periodic garnishment is valid for up to 91 days or until the
judgment, interest, and costs are paid off, whichever occurs
A non-periodic writ of garnishment (MC
13) is used to garnish the defendant's bank account or other
property. Once the money has been garnished under the
non-periodic writ, the writ is no longer valid. IF there
is a remaining balance on the judgment, you must get another
writ to collect more money.
Fill in the names and addressed of both
the defendant and the garnishee on the Request part of the
form. The garnishee is the person or business who has
control or possession of the defendant's money. Once you
complete the Request, you must file it with the Court.
The filing fee of $15.00 must be cash or money order as the
Court does not accept personal checks.
The Court will issue the Writ (order)
by signing the form. The Request and Writ must be served
on the garnishee along with a form called Disclosure (MC 14).
If the garnishment is for periodic payments, you must have a
check made payable to the garnishee in the amount of $6.00.
You must have this writ served on the garnishee. You can
do this either by a process server or by certified mail.
If you do not know any process servers, you may look in the