Current events reduced the number of hours you work, so you may struggle to keep up with your child support payments. You want to be a good parent to your child, but you also have several other financial obligations to meet. What should you do?
National Family Solutions provides several options that may help.
Cut your expenses
Now is a good time to look over your current expenses and see if you can cut anything. For instance, you likely are not going to the gym much these days, so you do not need your gym membership. There could be recurring payments for services you do not use often anymore. Look over a few current bank statements to see which expenses to eliminate to free up funds to pay child support.
Speak with your ex
Depending on the relationship you have with your ex, you could call him or her up to discuss your situation. When your child’s other parent understands that you are doing everything you can to take care of your son or daughter, you could come to a new agreement together that serves all three of you. If the two of you come to an agreement, get it in writing and approved by a judge.
Contact the Child Support Enforcement Agency
Reach out to Alabama’s Child Support Enforcement Agency for help with modifying your child support order. You must explain your current financial hardship by completing paperwork. If your situation warrants it, you may receive an offer to create a new payment plan with a lower amount.
Do not wait too long to address your issues paying child support. You do not want the other parent or your child to get the wrong impression of you or your intentions by delaying.