It usually is to the benefit of the parent receiving the child support to ask the Washington State Department of Child Support to collect and help enforce the child support order. However, as the Department of Child Support has its resources cut and its workload increased, private enforcement of payment often may be preferable. There are numerous steps that can be taken to enforce child support orders, including finding the paying parent in contempt of court and garnishing that parent’s bank accounts. Glenn Tanner has negotiated or litigated numerous back child support awards or defended against such judgments. Glenn Tanner also has experience in defending parents against actions brought by the State of Washington through the Department of Child Support or a local prosecutor to establish or collect child support.