Indiana Supreme Court Shields Some Stimulus Money From Creditors

Apr 20, 2020

The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order to shield, at least in part, federal COVID-19 stimulus checks from creditors.
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The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order Monday to shield, at least in part, federal COVID-19 stimulus checks from creditors.

Groups including the Indiana Institute for Working Families and Prosperity Indiana had petitioned the court to help protect payments from the CARES Act.

The order halts state courts from issuing any new orders that seize or garnish the stimulus checks, except in child support cases.

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That doesn’t apply to past court orders, from before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Indiana. In those cases, a person who wants to protect their stimulus money must have a court hearing – whether in-person or remotely.

The order only lasts as long as Indiana is under a public health emergency.

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This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.