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Unpaid child support and your passport

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2024 | Child Custody And Visitation |

Losing your passport can be a frustrating experience. When it happens due to child support issues, it adds an extra layer of complexity.

Parents who owe arrears or worry about falling behind should review the implications of passport denial and revocation due to back child support.

Passport privileges

The U.S. Department of State has the authority to deny a passport application or renew an existing one when a parent owes a significant amount of unpaid child support. This measure encourages parents to fulfill their child support obligations. In extreme cases, where a parent is significantly delinquent in child support payments, the government may choose to revoke an existing passport.

Before any passport-related action, the parent is typically notified by mail. This notification provides an opportunity to resolve the child support issue. To regain passport privileges, the parent must address the child support arrears by making payments or reaching an agreement with the relevant child support enforcement agency. Once caught up, the parent can apply for a new passport or request the reinstatement of the revoked one.

Implications and considerations

Losing a passport can restrict international travel plans, including vacations, business trips or visits to family and friends abroad. It is important to address child support obligations promptly to avoid such limitations. Persistent non-compliance with child support obligations can result in other consequences, including fines, wage garnishment, suspension of driver’s licenses and even imprisonment in extreme cases. It is important to take this obligation seriously to avoid any legal repercussions.

Address child support obligations promptly to ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience while fulfilling your responsibilities as a parent. Remember, compliance with child support not only benefits your child but also protects your own rights and privileges as a passport holder.

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