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Unpaid child support and the loss of passport privileges

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2023 | Child Support

Child support is a legal obligation taken to ensure that both parents serve a child’s financial needs, even if they do not live together. When a parent falls behind on their child support payments, it can create financial hardships for the custodial parent. This can affect the child’s standard of living and limit their access to healthcare and education.

Another consequence of unpaid child support is the loss of passport privileges. If a noncustodial parent owes a certain amount of back child support, they could lose the ability to leave the country. This helps ensure that noncustodial parents fulfill their financial responsibilities towards their children.

When does unpaid child support affect a parent’s passport?

In cases where child support payments are overdue, the noncustodial parent may face the denial or revocation of their passport. This acts as a strong incentive for non-paying parents to address their child support arrears right away.

In the United States, the federal government can deny passports through the Passport Denial Program. According to the Administration for Children and Families, parents can lose these privileges once their child support arrears reach $2,500.

How can parents who owe back support protect their passport?

Those who owe back child support should focus on safeguarding their ability to travel overseas. By paying the overdue amount or entering into a repayment plan, parents can restore their passport privileges and fulfill their financial responsibilities at the same time.

To avoid the loss of passport privileges, it is important for noncustodial parents to make payments on time and in full. If they are facing financial difficulties, they should look into the possibility of modifications or adjustments to their child support payments.