Partner not paying child maintenance? – Government’s new powers to remove passport

January 4, 2019, By

On 14 December 2018, the Government gained new powers to disqualify a non-resident parent (i.e. a parent who does not have the child or children living with them for the majority of time) from holding or obtaining a passport. These powers may be exercised where the non-resident parent is not paying child maintenance.


There are various other legal requirements that must also be met before a disqualification application can be made, but the threat of passport removal is likely to be a powerful deterrent to ex-partners refusing to pay what is owed.