First, let us touch base on a few ground rules. Then I can explain how to possibly best proceed.
There are some statutes of limitations when it comes to enforcing child support. It is 10 years after emancipation
of youngest child for orders entered after 7/22/89; 10 years after a payment becomes delinquent for orders entered before 7/23/89.
Ergo, the statute of limitations may cut off some of the arrears.
The fastest way would be to file for a contempt motion. The Judge is likely to admonish, fine, and/or imprison for contempt. At the very least, he'd be ordered to pay what is owed as much as he can and compliance hearings will be set later on. The problem is that this is a piecemeal solution if he only pays little.
Another possibility is to convert the order into a civil judgment
and go after his assets. With a civil judgment, one can
1) levy a bank account
2) garnish up to 25% of a paycheck
3) lien property
4) attach non-exempt chattel for auction to satisfy judgment.
Finally, a garnishment order for his employment may also be entered.
The issue is that the state moves slowly and they generally will only pursue contempt, but nothing else. A private attorney may act faster, and pursue wider options. If finances are an issue, I can recommend three resources. First, here is a list of all pro bono work in the state...http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/directory/washington.html
…and another list:http://www.lawhelp.org
Finally, you may call your local law school and see if they have a legal clinic place available. The legal clinic is a free service the school(s) provide to the community. While they are often overbooked, they have openings sometimes. Here is the list law schools in your state:http://www.hg.org/law-schools-washington.asp
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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