Child support plays an important role in helping to raise your children. This is especially true during the holiday season when some parents see an uptick in expenses. Not only are they planning for the gifts they want to give the children, but there might also be other things that are slightly more expensive during this time of year. We know that it can be hard to live on a tight budget, but you must ensure that you are paying the financial support for your children on time, all the time.
One thing that you can remember about the holiday season is that you don't have to buy your children the most expensive gifts. This applies to the parent who is paying child support, as well as the one receiving it. If there is something that's more than you can afford that your child wants, find out if you can have another family member or your ex chip in on the present.
Another point to remember is that memories don't always have to involve things. Instead, use this time to come up with some inexpensive traditions to start. This might help reduce the financial strain on you since you aren't trying to squeeze money out of the budget to always buy new things.
Of course, there might be some mitigating circumstances that are making this holiday season more difficult on your bank account. For example, you may have had a reduction in work hours or been laid off. If there is something major like that, you might need to seek out a child support modification so that the support order reflects your current circumstances. We can work with you to determine if your case qualifies for this and to get the process started if it does.