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Can unpaid child support affect passport applications?

Many people realize that unpaid child support can affect families in a variety of negative ways, from creating financial hardships for children and custodial parents to the treat of arrest and tax refund interception. If you are obligated to make child support payments, it is also important for you to bear in mind that falling behind on child support could disrupt your life in other ways. In fact, some people in Illinois may be unable to apply for a passport due to their child support delinquency.

According to the U.S. Department of State, those who owe greater than $2,500 in delinquent child support lose their passport eligibility. Before you are able to successfully apply for and receive a passport, you will need to pay child support arrears. It is also important to point out that it can take a few weeks for your name to be cleared, so you should approach this matter as soon as you can.

Losing your ability to apply for a passport could impact your life in more ways than one. Not only could this interfere with your travel plans, but you may also be unable to participate in a business trip or attend an important family event in another country. Paying child support can be hard, especially if you have fallen behind. That said, certain options may be available, such as the modification of the child support order, which can make things significantly easier.

Remember that this material is being offered as general information and is not legal help.

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