In the case of General Electric Capital Auto Lease,
Inc. v. Turner, the City of
In Turner the debtor claimed an exemption based on the amount of monthly child support the debtor owed. The Court noted that the specific exemption claimed by the debtor on the garnishment form was the exemption created by Virginia Code §55-165. The judgment creditor argued that this code section only applied to assignments of wages executed and approved by a judge under the procedure specifically set out in Virginia Code §55-161 through 167. That procedure included notice to and consent of the debtor's creditors, the appointment of a trustee, and so on. The Court found as fact that none of those things were done in this case. Therefore, the Court ruled that an exemption under Virginia Code §55-165 did not apply. The Court also considered all the other exemptions from garnishment listed in Virginia Code §8.01-512.4, and none of those exemptions applied either. Accordingly, the debtor's claim of exemption was denied.