These days, it’s very difficult for a non-custodial parent to avoid paying
child support. If such a parent falls behind on their child support payments, all sorts
of negative consequences can ensue. For example, their wages can be garnished,
their tax refund can be intercepted, their driver license can be suspended,
and their ability to travel abroad can be blocked. Meaning, their U.S.
passport can be cancelled or denied.
Since a lot of people travel overseas for business and pleasure, we’re
dedicating this post to how past-due child support arrears can affect
a parent’s ability to travel abroad. At what point is a U.S. passport
denied for child support arrears? According to the
U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, “If you owe $2,500 or more in child support, you are not eligible
to receive a U.S. passport.”
Getting Your Passport Privileges Back
If you’re like a lot of people, you need to have your U.S. passport
so you can travel abroad for work, a second honeymoon, or to see family.
If you owe more than $2,500 in child support, you’re going to need
to take steps to get your passport privileges back. Here’s how the
You will have to arrange to pay the arrears to the
California Department of Child Support Services.
- Once you’ve caught up on your past-due arrears, the child support
enforcement agency will report to U.S. Health & Human Services (HHS)
that you’ve entered into an acceptable payment arrangement.
- The HHS will remove your name from the list that the agency reports to
the Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs.
- The Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs will verify
with the HHS that it removed your name from the list.
- Your U.S. passport application will be processed as usual.
What Happens if I Don’t Pay Child Support?
Do you have a child support issue that needs attention? If so, we urge
you to contact our San Diego
family law firm for professional legal assistance.
Contact us today to schedule your
free initial consultation.