Failing to pay child support could result in serious consequences, not only in terms of your reputation but also with respect to court-imposed penalties. Whether you lose your job or struggle with a serious medical emergency that results in costly bills, various hardships could affect your ability to keep making child support payments. However, it is pivotal to remain current and understand the consequences of falling behind.
In addition to losing your driver’s license and even going to jail, you should realize that back child support could impact your passport privileges.
Child support debt and your passport
The U.S. Department of State discusses back child support and passport eligibility. In fact, if unpaid child support exceeds $2,500, you lose your eligibility for a U.S. passport. Therefore, if you have more than $2,500 in back support and you attempt to apply for a passport in the U.S., the government will reject your application.
It is also important to note that unpaid child support can lead to the revocation of an existing passport. For example, if you try to add pages or change your name.
Regaining your passport privileges by paying child support
If you have lost the ability to secure a passport due to back child support, you can restore your privileges by paying what you owe. Once you have made arrangements to pay arrears with your state’s child support agency, the government will take your name off of their list and your passport application will receive normal processing.
It is important to take a close look at all options if you face difficulties due to child support, such as modifying your child support order or establishing a payment plan.