Thanks to strong federal and state enforcement laws, this is often the easiest issue to enforce. For most orders, you simply contact the Division of Child Support (DCS) at:
State of Washington
Division of Child Support
500 First Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98104-2830
DCS services are free. They do an excellent job of enforcing orders where the paying parent is employed and receives a regular paycheck. Where they often have difficulty is with self-employed individuals and individuals who work under the table. New statutes permit the state to suspend driver’s licenses or professional licenses if payment is not made. Even this, however, may not be enough to force prompt payment.
You may also be able to obtain free enforcement through the Civil Division of the Prosecutor’s Office. Once they prepare the case, they can schedule contempt of court hearings. You may reach them in King County at:
King County Prosecutor
Your final option is to hire a private attorney. The attorney can schedule a contempt hearing and request that jail time be imposed if the support is not paid. Jail tends to be a very powerful motivator in obtaining child support payments.