Todays topic is child support.
In a previous video I discussed some of the financial considerations surrounding divorce but did you know that August is Child Support Awareness Month in many states. The purpose is to raise awareness concerning the issues around child support. The newest statistics are in and they are not good.
Less than half (actually about 41%) of the custodial parents who have been awarded child support are getting the full amount. Almost 30% are getting no child support at all and another approximately 30% get some money but again, not all.
I experienced both sides
Personally, I was on both sides of this issue. There was a time when I was paying child support before the kids came to live with me. I know it is tough sometimes but you guys (and girls) who owe child support need to be paying it. Your kids deserve it.
For you parents who are owed child support and are not getting it, you can contact the local child support agency in you state and seek help. There is more information in my written blog about how to do that.
Some women prefer not to pursue child support
Many times I have spoken with parents, especially woman, who do not want to pursue child support for fear that will encourage the ex boy friend back into the picture.
But consider your child. Isn’t your child is being deprived financially if they are not getting the support they deserve? Consider also the future. How will you cope with your child’s needs as they grow unless you have the support to do it?
Can you really do it alone?
Can you support your child on your own all the way through high school and college. Can they participate in activities that will keep them occupied and off the streets (see my video on alcohol for example). As I mentioned in prior videos on alcohol and drug use the children mist likely to stay clean are those who are very active in other things after school. And the after school hours are the time when kids get into alcohol and drugs initially.
And not applying for child support now does not guarantee the absent parent will not return in the future and demand rights anyhow. It simply guarantees you child is not getting what he or she deserves now. So think about it and go for it. Get what is yours and what is your child’s.
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Finally, go check out my website singleparenting.us. Let’s get to know each other. Good luck in the days ahead. My wish for you is that your children grow up healthy, and contribute to society in a positive way. I’m here to help you get there. We’ll talk again. This is Len. Bye for now!
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