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The Center for Enforcement is a private law firm. It is not a collection agency. Virtually all of the major companies advertising to collect support are collection agencies. If a support collection company does not prominently and proudly state that it is a law firm, it probably isn’t!

So, why use the Center instead of a Collection Agency?

Three reasons: Tactics, Fees & Other Concerns.


Collection Agencies are NOT licensed to practice law in any state of America. This means that no matter what your ex is doing, or how wealthy he is, collection agencies themselves can only do two things. They can write letters and make telephone calls.

But, your ex has already been ordered by the court to pay you, and you’re still not receiving your support.

Next, in our experience, starting off most cases with a demand letter or phone call which is the procedure used by almost all agencies, is absolutely the wrong way to commence enforcement. Why? Because, as discussed earlier, your ex already knows he owes the money. Usually, the only thing that a letter or phone call accomplishes is that it acts as a 'warning shot' to the debtor. “Hide what you have, because here we come.” What's needed is enforcement right out of the gate. However, since Collection Agencies can't do any enforcement without hiring an attorney for you (which requires sharing their profits, something they don’t like to do) they start with a letter or phone call, even though it may be damaging to your case.

So, for obvious reasons, mere letters and phone calls asking the Debtor to pay are not enough.

Because the Center is a law firm, we can and do take an entirely different approach. We take legal action!! We believe that, in most cases, your ex has had plenty of time to pay voluntarily. Therefore, we approach the case using legal enforcement remedies.

Most of the work we do for you is through the court. We don't just ask or threaten a debtor to pay. Whenever possible and appropriate, we use legal enforcement measures to seize money or assets to satisfy your debt. This is one reason our firm has the nickname, The Robin Hood Lawyers.

The table below shows the difference in techniques used by collection agencies and the Center:


Center for Enforcement

Collection Agency

Debtor concealing money in his own corporation

Motion for determination of Alter Ego

letter/phone call

Debtor concealing money in a partnership

Motion for CA Charging Order

letter/phone call

Debtor in possession of Valuable assets (i.e. boats, plane, car, artwork)

Levy on tangible personal property

letter/phone call

Debtor hiding personal property in closed environment (garage)

Motion for Private Place Order & Levy

letter/phone call

Debtor enjoying good lifestyle but source of income unknown

Conduct extensive discovery against bank accounts, present and past-employers, business associates, clients, vendors, landlords, tenants, credit cards, etc.

Motion for Contempt of Court

letter/phone call

Debtor voluntarily agrees to pay

We draft a personal stipulation and Order, which is signed by a judge and entered in court.

Quasi-legal document

Debtor moves from job to job

Debtor exams, discovery, contempt, Wilson Motion

letter/phone call

Debtor has equity in real property

Levy on real property
Order to Show Cause resale of Dwelling

letter/phone call

Debtor receives money from other sources

Motion for Assignment

letter/phone call

Debtor hiding assets under Someone else's name

Motion to set-aside a Fraudulent Transfer

letter/phone call

And the list goes on, and on.


Collection agencies usually charge higher fees than law firms. Many collection agencies charge between 30-60% in fees, whereas for 25 years, the Center has, and continues, to only charge 33 1/3%.

One might ask why the collection agencies charge such high fees? The answer is simple. When a collection agency's letter writing and telephone campaign proves to be ineffective, they must then go out and hire an attorney for you. Therefore, they take a portion of the 50%, for example, that you agreed to pay and hire an attorney to hopefully accomplish the work which should have been done in the first place.


Some agencies require an assignment of your support obligation before they will take on your case. If that happens, you could lose all chance to collect the debt. You see, your child & spousal support debt is NOT DISCHARGEABLE if your ex files Bankruptcy. Enforcement can be pursued either in or out of bankruptcy. But if you assign your rights under the support order to a collection agency, your obligation may become dischargeable by the Debtor, in bankruptcy. If that happens, you might never be able to collect the support obligation, even with subsequent representation of an attorney.

Often, collection agencies will hire an attorney in a state that may not be in the best location for prosecuting your case. If the Debtor hires his own attorney, in many, many case, you will be at a huge disadvantage because you are not fighting in the proper state. Also, the attorney’s that a collection agency may hire for you do not posses sufficient expertise in support enforcement. Support enforcement differs substantially from collections of any other judgment.


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