Family Law

Family law questions? Ask a family lawyer online.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My U.S. Passport is being denied to pay my alimony! I became…

Customer Question
My U.S. Passport is being...
My U.S. Passport is being denied for failing to pay my alimony! I became divorced in the spring of 2014 and was a 100% service-connected Veteran at the time. My ex-wife was working, finishing college and has no disabilities. Despite that, the judge awarded spousal support. I have tried appealing it a number of ways to no avail and I was only able to pay it for about 6 months, at which time I stopped. My CHILD support has always been paid on-time, in-full. About 4 months ago, I applied for a passport and my application is being denied, according to the Passport office, for failing to pay CHILD support. I am stuck in the swamp of typical logistical complications of government offices and employees who are able to use their own interpretation of law to handle important logistics for systems they control (i.e. NYS Support Collection Unit maintaining that I should not have a passport even though my child support is pay in-full). NY State has also garnished my federal taxes, revoked my driver's license, and other such things. The agencies all tell me this is only allowed for CHILD support, never SPOUSAL support. I need help!
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Family Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Answered in 9 minutes by:
3/17/2016
Family Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer replied 2 years ago
Law Educator, Esq.
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 125,296
Experience: Experienced attorney: Family law, Estate Law, SS Law etc.
Verified
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
I am sorry to say that this means you are going to go to court. Section 51.70(a)(8) of Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations states, in part that if you are certified to Passport Services by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be in arrears of child support payments in excess of $2,500, then you are ineligible to receive a U.S. passport. Alimony or Spousal support is NOT MENTIONED in the law as grounds to suspend or deny a passport.
So, you will have to file a motion in court in NY for a court order to release your passport that is being held now in contravention to the US code and NY law regarding passport suspension and alimony.
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Where can I find an attorney that will handle this matter for me and include their expenses as legal fees (pro bono)?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
My phone number is(###) ###-#### ***** help.
Family Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer replied 2 years ago
Thank you for your reply.
We cannot represent anyone from this site as it is forbidden by state law. You have to go to legal aid locally or contact the NY bar for the pro bono attorneys in your area for legal representation. You can also call the local attorneys and negotiate fees with them, as they all set their own fees and have room to negotiate with you and you can find local family attorneys at the same sites used by other attorneys, http://www.hg.org or http://www.lexmundi.com
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a family lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Law Educator, Esq. Your Own Question
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 125,296
125,296 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Experienced attorney: Family law, Estate Law, SS Law etc.

Law Educator, Esq. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

11,971 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney and Counselor at Law

9,034 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience. I remain current in Family Law through regular continuing education.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

7,856 satisfied customers

I provide family and divorce law advice to my clients in my firm.

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

3,592 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including family law.

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

3,570 satisfied customers

Attorney with 17 years experience

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

2,990 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

ScottyMacEsq

ScottyMacEsq

Lawyer

2,828 satisfied customers

Licensed Texas General Practice Attorney

< Previous | Next >

Related Family Law Questions
Is alimony based on gross or net income in Illinois?
Is alimony (maintenance) calculated off Gross or Net income in Illinois?… read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
We are in agreement to change the spousal support amount in
We are in agreement to change the spousal support amount in our Final MSA of 2016 the allows for the parties to do that. Do we need any other form besides FAM 024B which has the stipulation and order … read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
12,269 satisfied customers
When you file for divorce does spousal support retro to the
When you file for divorce does spousal support retro to the date you file or when you left? I've been gone 7 months because of a domestic situation but am contemplating filing. I'm also 7 months pregn… read more
Christopher B, Esq
Christopher B, Esq
Attorney
Juris Doctor
1,483 satisfied customers
Can my husband be required to pay spousal support or any
Can my husband be required to pay spousal support or any form of assistance prior to divorce being finalized… read more
Sue
Sue
Juris Doctorate
524 satisfied customers
What diff between apl and spousal support. At family court
hi JA: Hi. How can I help? Customer: what diff between apl and spousal support JA: What steps have been taken? Have any papers been filed in family court? Customer: at family court yesterday JA: Famil… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
12,269 satisfied customers
I was divorced in 2016 and am paying spousal support. (No
I was divorced in 2016 and am paying spousal support. (No children) I lost my job last week, and am looking for a new job, but in the meantime I do not have an income I would like to temporarily adjus… read more
Gerald, Esq
Gerald, Esq
Juris Doctor
3,902 satisfied customers
I think my wife is demanding too much spousal support, how
I think my wife is demanding too much spousal support, how can I be sure? … read more
Nisha Jones
Nisha Jones
Juris Doctorate
3,053 satisfied customers
The spousal support laws for IRS are changing in 2019. I'm
The spousal support laws for IRS are changing in 2019. I'm wondering if the new law would still be seen as income while renting an apartment or can the landlord deny the apartment based on the IRS tax… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
33,008 satisfied customers
Im in a divorce, we haven't had child support or alimony
Im in a divorce, we haven't had child support or alimony payments set yet. If i am living with another woman, can her income be used against me in Louisiana? … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
12,171 satisfied customers
In Idaho, does spousal support end if spouse re-marries? It
In Idaho, does spousal support end if spouse re-marries? It was not specified in divorce decree, we are mid 70's with no kids.… read more
S. Kincaid
S. Kincaid
Doctoral Degree
2,404 satisfied customers
My soon to be husband is required to pay spousal support to
My soon to be husband is required to pay spousal support to his ex wife. They were married 18 years and she only worked part time while they were married, by her own choice. She has no restrictions th… read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Partner
Doctoral Degree
59,313 satisfied customers
If parties can stipulate a modification of spousal support
If parties can stipulate a modification of spousal support retroactively. Both parties sign a stipulation. Will the judge intervene? … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
33,008 satisfied customers
In New York State, is both alimony and child support based
In New York State, is both alimony and child support based off NET or GROSS income?Additionally, if it is NET, does the NET include all taxes? All federal, NY State,local income taxes in 2018?… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
12,269 satisfied customers
If I was paying child support and alimony to my ex and now
If I was paying child support and alimony to my ex and now my daughter is living with me does my ex now have to pay me child support? … read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Lawyer
125,296 satisfied customers
Paid alimony and child support year. At the end of year
Paid alimony and child support year. At the end of year recalculated payments as per agreed up on percentage of alimony payments. Due to payroll cutoff dates and severance payments, about $2500 was pa… read more
Sean K
Sean K
Attorney/Member
JD
762 satisfied customers
Have a question about alimony and child support paid in
Hi have a question about alimony and child support paid in excess and at the end of year … read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Partner
Doctoral Degree
59,313 satisfied customers
I am divorced alimony and child support 1 child was included
I am divorced alimony and child support 1 child was included in the agreement i am self employed several months ago my biz had gone down in money the case is up for review in May after 3 years of me p… read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Lawyer
Juris Doctorate
2,990 satisfied customers
Questions on setting writing up a spousal support (alimony)
Questions on setting writing up a spousal support (alimony) waiver prior to getting married in Florida … read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Partner
Doctoral Degree
59,313 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x