I have an urgent and dire situation I am hoping to get some advice about.
First let me say that I am not a deadbeat and voluntarily entered into a support agreement which exceeded the child support standards act nearly 12 years ago. I am an unemployed executive in the technology field, and paid my support obligations religiously up through 22 months ago when I lost my job through no fault of my own. I have been unable to obtain re-employment as these are the worst economic times since the great depression, I have applied for hundreds of jobs and done everything to obtain re-employment without luck. There are simply no executive positions in my field and the few that are posted receive thousands of applicants. I have a applied for lower level jobs but my rusty hands on IT skills are no match for younger applicants who's hands on skills are up to date. I have had extremely limited success trying to do odd consulting jobs in between job searching.
I have exhausted all of my financial reserves and started falling into arrears which now exceed $12k and are growing monthly at ~$1500. I made multiple applications for a child support relieve but they were all rejected by the family court saying my job loss (which was through no fault of my own and I have proved this) is not justification for a downward modification. I am now facing civil contempt proceedings for non-payment, yet the court ironically just appointment me legal aid defense after months of my pleadings that I could not afford an attorney.
I have a potential consulting job at the executive level in hand but the kickoff meeting is being held internationally. I fear I will not be able to renew my expired passport to go. it's likely this will materialize into a full time job perhaps even on par with the one I lost 2 years ago. How can I get a passport? Will my renewal request be denied if I attempt to get one via the passport office? I am beside myself because I am striving to do the right thing and make a living and this is a great opportunity that I have been hoping would come along for some time and fear it will end in professional embarrassment with my having to decline due to passport denial. What can I do? The trip is coming up this weekend, the potential employer already booked me for travel. I tried calling the court and the CS collections agency, no one has a clue as to what I can do. Please help!