As a parent, you may have a wide variety of unanswered questions and concerns regarding your child. If you have gone through a divorce or are thinking about filing for one, child custody can be particularly contentious. As a result, you should be prepared for all of the potential problems that may arise during a dispute over child custody. In Dayton, Ohio, and across the country, these disputes can make life hard for parents and their children in many ways. Aside from emotional pain and courtroom stress, they may interfere with a child’s passport application as well.

According to the U.S. Department of State, your child’s passport may be denied if you are involved in a custody dispute. Because of the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program, the Department of State is able to notify the legal guardians and parents of a minor who has been entered into the program prior to the issuance of their passport. In order for children to become part of the program, a court, legal guardian, legal representative or parent will need to send in a written request.

Moreover, if your child is under the age of 16, each parent will be required to execute their passport application before it will be approved. Whether you want to take your child along on a family vacation or allow them to spend time with family members in another country, it is vital to make sure that all bases are covered beforehand.

Please understand that this piece is not to be interpreted as legal advice.