Sometimes it can be difficult for noncustodial parents to keep up with
their child support payments, especially if they
lose their job or they have to go on workers’ compensation. Regardless of a noncustodial
parent’s financial circumstances, they’re still obligated to pay
If the parent falls behind on their payments and they don’t ask the
court for a downward
modification, the local child support agency will spring into action and start their
enforcement efforts, which may include
driver’s license suspension, bank levies, tax refund intercept, property liens, and the
denial of a U.S. passport.
For the purposes of this article, we’re going to discuss passport
denials for child support arrears since they affect a noncustodial parent’s
ability to leave the U.S. and travel abroad.
The Passport Denial Program
Do you travel overseas for work? Do you like to travel abroad to visit
friends, family, or for another special reason? Perhaps you’re engaged
and you’d like to go to an exotic place for your honeymoon, or perhaps
you simply want to visit Canada or Mexico.
Well, if you owe more than $2,500 in back child support, you will not be
able to obtain a U.S. passport under what’s called the “Passport
“The Passport Denial Program, which is part of the Federal Collections
and Enforcement Program, helps states enforce past-due support obligations.
Under the program, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)
submits a record of parents certified by a state as having arrearages
exceeding $2,500 to the State Department,” according to the
Office of Child Support Enforcement.
If you owe more than $2,500 in child support, not only will you be denied
a U.S. passport, but you face a host of other negative enforcement actions.
The best thing to do is to be proactive by calling our office to meet
with a member of our legal team. We understand how child support arrears
can be daunting and we’re here to help find a resolution.
Contact R. Gregory Colvin, LLC today at (407) 603-3460 to get started.