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Holiday expenses much harder to cover without child support

As amazing as it may seem, the holidays are here again. And if you are a parent, your mind may be going in multiple directions all at once. You may even be experiencing a bit of anxiety as you try to plan your budget for gifts, travel and other special expenses that only occur during the holiday season. If you are facing the following days with a sense of financial foreboding, you are hardly alone.

The fact is, the holidays are expensive. A consumer spending survey conducted by the National Retail Federation revealed that on average, consumers will invest $589 on presents. Moreover, an average consumer will also shell out $207 for other holiday-related items such as greeting cards, flowers, decorations, and food. And when these expenses are put on a credit card, it could take months to pay them off.

These are just average numbers. Depending on the number of children you have and your specific plans, the dollar amount could be much higher. As such, if you are a single parent who is receiving child support, it is critical that those payments reach your accounts when they are due. It is not only unfair for your child's other parent to leave you to carry the full financial load of caring for your children, it is also against the law.

Of course, you want to do whatever you can to make your child's holidays cheerful and bright, but you should not have to go into deep debt to do it. If your child's other parent fails to make payments over the holidays, causing you to suffer financially, there are ways to correct the situation. An experienced family attorney can work on your behalf to help you get the payments restarted and to make sure that the delinquent payments are also covered.

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