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The Regulations Concerning Passports And Child Custody Agreements

By Ben Pate

Getting pass ports for children is becoming stricter, but, contrary to what you might think at first, this is a good thing. Child abductions by parents have been steadily increasing, along with the divorce rate between parents. In bitter custody battles, a passport can be used as a weapon of alienation from the other parent, which is never fair, for both the child and the other parent. This law was enacted to protect both parties involved. This also protects children whose parents refuse to pay child support and decide they want to indulge in a lavish vacation.

In Section 51.70 (a) (8) of Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations, you will find outlined that if a parent owing more than $2500 is prohibited from purchasing a pass port. With numerous parents unable to collect rightly owed child support, this law can certainly be a benefit when getting passports is involved.

When a parent who attempts to apply for a passport for their child is found on the list of those who are neglecting to pay their child support, they are referred to their local county probation agency and must arrange to make payment. No further action will be taking regarding the acquisition of the child’s passport until the US Department of Health and Human Services receives proof that payment has been made. They, in turn, notify the State Child Support Enforcement Agency that payment has been made and they, in turn, notify the Department of State who remove the payer’s and their child’s name from the list of those to have passports withheld.

This is not the only regulation that has been put into place in an attempt to protect children and parents when it comes to the purchase of a child’s passport. In 2008, the Two Parent Consent Law become law and requires the consent of each parent before a passport for a child can be issued. The children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program or CPIAP is another organization dedicated to the notification of parents or guardians when a passport is requested for a child. Even those in foreign countries can be alerted through the Office of Children’s Issues whose mission is to locate parents who unlawfully abduct their children.

As you can see, several agencies and programs have been put into place to aid in the protection of children and their parents when it comes to the acquisition of passports for children. Perhaps these laws will lead to other legislation to help enforce the payment of court ordered child support making it harder for the neglectful payer to leave town or even the country.

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