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When unpaid child support leads to passport denial

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2022 | divorce

If you are navigating through the divorce process as a parent, various legal issues could concern you, especially those involving your kids. Whether you worry about child custody or the emotional impact ending your marriage could have on your child, parents have additional factors to take into consideration during and after their divorce. Additionally, you could have to focus on child support, especially if you expect to have these obligations.

Falling behind on child support can lead to a wide range of penalties. In fact, it can even jeopardize your passport privileges.

Back child support and your passport

According to information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, parents who fail to make child support payments could lose their passport privileges. In fact, if a parent owes more than $2,500 in back support, they could end up on a list that prevents them from applying for a passport. In addition, parents who have an existing passport could have their passport revoked if they hand it over to the government to add pages, change their name or for some other purpose.

Addressing back support and restoring passport privileges

Parents who find themselves in the Passport Denial Program can take steps to restore their passport privileges. For example, you should reach out to the child support agency in your state and go over your options. Some states give parents the option to set up a payment plan, while others expect payment in full.

Whether you have an overseas vacation planned or you need to travel for work, make sure you stay current on child support in order to avoid losing your passport privileges.