More than one wage arrestment is possible at the same time. This is known as a conjoined arrestment and is administered by by the local sheriff clerk, rather than the employer.
It does not mean you have to pay more. Instead what happens is the amount deducted is divided up between those that are owed the money.
It also means the first creditor who arrested the wages will see the amount they get being reduced. It also means those who execute the second wage arrestment wont get what they would have if they had been the only creditor arresting the wages. For this reason, it can be to advantageous to explain to other creditors you already have an arrestment in place. This may put them off from taking furher action and encourage them to accept an informal offer from you instead.
However, if you believe you are about to get a second wage arrestment, you should seek advice. A conjoined wage arrestment will stop you applying for the Debt Arrangement Scheme, unless another creditor tries to lawful enforce their debts. This can place you at a disadvantage, as in the Debt Arrangement Scheme all debts can be included, with interest and charges frozen, which does not happen in a conjoined earning arrestment.
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