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Child support: Wage garnsiments difficult with Uber and Lyft

With every new industry or technology that is introduced, new problems arise. Ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, have created an avenue for more people to earn income providing transportation with their own vehicles. In areas where cab services are minimal in New York and across the country, the new companies have offered an affordable solution. While thriving companies have been built, there are new issues that have resulted based on the classification of a company's drivers. Reportedly, when there is an attempt garnish wages for court-ordered child support from drivers, many parents have had difficulty processing the order.

One mother in another state has recounted the hardship she has encountered when she made the attempt to force her former husband to pay his court-ordered child support. In some cases, a family court judge will order wage garnishments to be deducted from a person's paycheck in order for children to receive needed financial support. When wage garnishments are issued to Uber and Lyft, many former spouses recount that wage garnishments have not be instituted.

Uber and Lyft classify their drivers as independent contractors. Because they do not receive a W-2, a court order for wage garnishments is often passed on to the driver to handle on his or her own. Despite conflicting reports from former spouses, Uber reports that it complies with court orders and requests for information regarding a driver's income.

Many single parents will find it difficult to financially support the needs of their children on their own. It is unfortunate that some parents refuse to pay court-ordered child support. Fortunately, New York family law attorneys can assist parents in difficult and complicated situations such as this one. Attorneys can review each individual case and offer the best solution for securing needed financial support.

Source:, "Parents frustrated by 'deadbeat' ride-share drivers not paying child support", Joe Dana, Nov. 14, 2017

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