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Can unpaid child support interfere with my passport?

If you have found yourself unable to make child support payments, you could be going through different struggles. Aside from a potentially significant level of stress, you could face serious penalties, some of which have been discussed on this blog. For example, time behind bars, fines, and the interception of tax refunds or garnishment of wages can make life very hard. However, there are other consequences that could have a particularly harsh impact on your life, such as preventing you from obtaining a U.S. passport.

According to the U.S. Department of State, those who owe over $2,500 in unpaid child support are not able to obtain a passport in the U.S. If you are worried about being unable to apply for a passport because you are delinquent on child support payments, you will have to pay arrears if you owe at least $2,500 in back child support. You should also realize that the process can take a few weeks, so you should get started in a timely manner.

Life can be thrown off course for those who have fallen behind on child support. If you are unable to leave the country, you might have to miss out on business opportunities, family events, and more. For parents who worry about paying child support, looking into ways to make payments more acceptable, such as child support modification, is smart.

Please understand that the purpose of this blog post is to offer general information and this material does not stand in the place of legal advice.

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