If you are like millions of Americans, you will have the need or desire
to travel abroad. Perhaps you will want to go overseas for business, to
visit family, or to enjoy a second honeymoon with your new husband or
wife. However, if you owe back child support, you may not be able to obtain
a U.S. passport until you pay off your child support arrears. In other
words, you may not be able to travel outside the United States until you
resolve your outstanding, overdue child support obligation.
child support does someone have to owe before he or she will be denied a U.S. passport?
According to the U.S. Department of State, “If you owe $2,500 or
more in child support, you are not eligible to receive a U.S. passport.”
What Do I Need to Do?
If you wish to receive a U.S. passport, you will need to pay your child
support arrears. In order to do this, you must contact the applicable
state child support enforcement agency and arrange to pay your child support
arrearage. Once this is done, the following will occur:
- The child support agency will report your payment to the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS), informing the HHS that you’ve
entered into an acceptable payment arrangement.
- The HHS will then remove your name from its list and it will report this
update to the Department of State.
- The Department of State will verify with HHS that it removed your name
from its list.
- The Department of State will process your application.
If you currently owe child support arrears, be aware that there can be
negative consequences, such as driver’s license suspension, your
tax refund can be intercepted, you can face contempt of court allegations,
and of course – you can be denied a passport. It is highly recommended
that you direct all legal questions regarding child support arrears to
your legal team, especially since court employees are not authorized to
provide legal advice.
To meet with a Cypress family law
lawyer, contact Hunt Law Firm, PLLC!