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Can unpaid child support keep me from getting a passport?

If you are a parent who is required to pay child support, you may have a hard time satisfying these obligations due to financial troubles, which can arise for many reasons. For example, your employer may have fired you or you could be dealing with medical burdens that were completely unexpected. Unfortunately, if you fall behind on your child support payments, your life could be adversely affected in different ways. On top of financial penalties and warrants for your arrest, back child support could also affect your passport, whether you live in Hickory, North Carolina, or anywhere in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of State reports that parents who have over $2,500 worth of back child support cannot receive an American passport. If you are planning on travelling and need a passport, you will need to make payment arrangements before your application can be processed. In fact, it can take two to three weeks after arrangements have been made before your name is taken off of the Health and Human Service's list.

Whether you need to head overseas on a business trip or just want to spend time in another part of the world, being barred from obtaining a passport due to delinquent child support can be frustrating. As a result, you should try to resolve any child support issues at once or prevent them from arising in the first place, if you can. For example, you may be able to modify your child support order before you find yourself unable to continue making payments.

You should bear in mind that this post was not written as an alternative to legal counsel.

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