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California State Bankruptcy Exemptions
§ 706.050. Amount of earnings exempt
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the amount of earnings of a judgment debtor exempt from the levy of an
earnings withholding order shall be that amount that may not be withheld from the judgment debtor's earnings under
federal law in Section 1673(a) of Title 15 of the United States Code.
§ 706.051. Earnings necessary for support of judgment debtor or judgment debtor's family
(a) For the purposes of this section, "family of the judgment debtor" includes the spouse or former spouse of the
(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), the portion of the judgment debtor's earnings which the judgment debtor
proves is necessary for the support of the judgment debtor or the judgment debtor's family supported in whole or in part
by the judgment debtor is exempt from levy under this chapter.
(c) The exemption provided in subdivision (b) is not available if any of the following exceptions applies:
(1) The debt was incurred for the common necessaries of life furnished to the judgment debtor or the family of the
(2) The debt was incurred for personal services rendered by an employee or former employee of the judgment debtor.
(3) The order is a withholding order for support under Section 706.030.
(4) The order is one governed by Article 4 (commencing with Section 706.070) (state tax order).
§ 703.130. Exemptions in bankruptcy
Pursuant to the authority of paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Section 522 of Title 11 of the United States Code, the
exemptions set forth in subsection (d) of Section 522 of Title 11 of the United States Code (Bankruptcy) are not
authorized in this state.
§ 703.140. Election of exemptions if bankruptcy petition is filed
(a) In a case under Title 11 of the United States Code, all of the exemp